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Match Preview: Valencia vs Malaga

by Byo24NEWS Sports
22 Jan 2011 at 12:23hrs | Views
Date/Time:         Saturday January 22nd, 4:00PM EST
Competition:     Spain La Liga

"The real fight kicks off this Saturday against Valencia" said Malaga's Julio Baptista earlier this week, and the whole squad showed the same determination for such decisive clash. The Brazilian beast is anxious to add his two cents to Malaga's rennaissance. The visitors are only one point above the relegation line, and the situation can take a radical twist upon an awkward result at the Mestalla.

The hosts, on the other hand, managed to finish the first half of the tournament occupying the last Champions League place, three points above Espanyol. Che's manager will have to do without team's goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez and his substitute Miguel Angel Moya, as well as David Albelda and Sofiane Feghouli, all of them struggling with injuries.

Valencia's main objective nowadays is defying Villarreal's place as the third alternative, as this will also settle them on the Champions League fight for good. Spanish midfielder Joaquin Sanchez returns to the starting eleven after two weeks, and his contribution from the wings will surely come in handy dealing with Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga.

Argentinean central defender Martín Demichelis and Weligton de Oliveira will have to be fully focused to survive this week's visit to Valencia. Does Malaga have what it takes to stop Unai Emery's Valencia from taking the full scoring?

Source - Byo24NEWS

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