Dec 12, 2013 at 6pm UK at ​Mestalla
Valencia
1-1
Kuban KrasnodarKuban Krasnodar
Alcacer (67')
Fuego (55')
Ruiz (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Melgarejo (84')
Sosnin (48'), Melgarejo (52'), Ignatjev (82')

Preview: Valencia vs. Kuban Krasnodar

Valencia's Agentinian forward Pablo Piatti is congratulated after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group A football match between FC Saint Gallen on November 7, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Thursday's Europa League tie as Valencia host Kuban Krasnodar in Group A.

Kuban Krasnodar travel to Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday with a slim chance of making it through to the last 32 of the competition.

The Russian side are three points behind second-placed Swansea City and will seal their progress if they win and the Welsh side suffer a surprise defeat to St Gallen with a four-goal swing.

Valencia welcome Kuban to Spain knowing that they will finish at the top of Group A thanks to four victories and one loss in their previous five games.

Miroslav Dukic's side beat Kuban 2-0 in the reverse fixture two months ago.

The hosts are still without injured goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, while the visitors have no new injury problems.

Recent form

Valencia: WDLWWD

Kuban: DWLWLD

Possible starting lineups

Valencia: Alves; Barragan, Ruiz, Mathieu, Bernat; Feghouli, Romeu, Canales, Parejo, Guardado; Jonas

Kuban: Belanov; Kozlov, Xandao, Dealbert, Bugaev; Ignatyev, Tilsov, Kabore, Bucur; Popov, Balde

Sports Mole says: 2-0

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