Matchpack: Valencia v Rayo Vallecano

Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Liga match between Valencia and Rayo Vallecano at the Mestalla.



Roberto Soldado is expected to return to the starting line-up having missed the weekend's 0-0 draw with Real Madrid due to sickness. Valencia have also seen Sergio Canales return to training but the midfielder is not ready to play.

Rayo Vallecano have lost Javi Fuego for the remainder of the campaign due to a broken kneecap and Piti is suspended.


Unai Emery (Valencia): "The draw (at Real Madrid) will not help unless we win the game tomorrow. We have to be above praise and criticism. Mestalla is where the team has to establish its objectives both in league and in the Europa League."

Jose Ramon Sandoval (Rayo Vallecano): "Valencia is one of the big teams. Collated is very well structured and well run. The other day that made ​​sense at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid was brilliant. Valencia also has a solid defence and will be difficult to overcome because they are looking for third place, but others have won there and we will try. In the respect that we have we will play our strengths."


Valencia have won three consecutive league games against Rayo. If they win this game, they will equal their best ever La Liga run against them (four between 89/90 and 93/94).

Valencia have never lost against Rayo on home soil (10W, 2D).

Rayo have only won one of their last nine games against Valencia in La Liga (1D, 7L).

The Mestalla is the stadium in which Rayo have played the most games in La Liga without ever picking up a victory (12).

Valencia have failed to win any of their last four home league games (2D, 2L). They haven’t gone five without victory at the Mestalla since 2007/08.

Vallecano have lost their last three away league games, scoring three and conceding 13.

Clint Dempsey (16) is the only midfielder across Europe’s top five leagues to have scored more goals than Michu (15) this term.

In his time at Valencia, Roberto Soldado has scored nine league goals against teams from Madrid, but is yet to net against Rayo (five v Getafe, three v Real and one v Atletico).


Valencia (1/2), Rayo Vallecano (11/2), Draw (3/1)

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