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Valencia CF-Sevilla FC in the 29th match week of LaLiga Santander, which will kick off at the Estadio de Mestalla at 21:00.
The home side are in the relegation zone as they have 27 points, and are three points away from safety. Sevilla FC have 32 points, and will increase the distance between themselves and the relegation zone to eight points if they win today. RCD Espanyol are also on 27 points, and failed to pick up any points in their fixture this weekend.
The last three encounters between Valencia CF and Sevilla FC
In the 2019/20 season, before the pandemic, these sides shared the points as they drew 1-1, with Ocampos scoring just before the break and Sobrino equalising in the second half. Interestingly, this was also the result in the sides' last meeting, with an early Diakhaby own goal being cancelled out by Guedes just before the end of the first half. Between both of these draws, in the 2020/21 season when there were no fans present, Sevilla won 0-1 with a good goal from Suso nine minutes before the full time whistle.
For the first time in a while, the Sevilla medical staff have no injury concerns and every player is fit. Joan Jordán and Tecatito return to the squad, but Acuña, Alex Telles and Pape Gueye are all unavailable through suspension. Rubén Baraja's side, who have no players suspended, will certainly be without the injured Jaume, Thierry Correia and Kluivert, whilst a decision on Nico will not be made until just before kick off. It is worth noting that our opposition have not released their squad list as of yet.
Carlos del Cerro Grande from Madrid will officiate Sevilla for the third time this season. The first time was the opening day defeat in Pamplona and the second was another horrible away day as we lost 1-2 to Real Sociedad, and two players were sent off in 34 minutes. Our record in matches with this referee is 20 victories, 11 draws and 8 losses. He also oversaw the 1-1 draw between these dies in 2019/20.
When officiating Valencia, their record has been 11 victories, 11 draws and 13 losses. He has still not reffed them for a LaLiga match this season, but he was the man in the middle when Valencia lost 1-3 to Athletic Club at the Mestalla in the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. Xavier Estrada Fernández will run VAR.