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Preview: Sevilla vs. Valencia - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's La Liga clash between Sevilla and Valencia, including team news and predicted lineups.

Valencia need to beat Sevilla on the final day and hope that other results go their way if they are to secure a top-seven finish in La Liga.

Los Che are one point behind Getafe in the final Europa League spot, while opponents Sevilla are already assured of Champions League football next season.

Match preview

Ferran Torres in action for Valencia on October 2, 2019© Reuters

A disappointing campaign for Valencia could yet have a positive ending, but for that to happen they need to beat Sevilla at the very least.

Getafe, who travel to mid-table Levante on Sunday, are a point better off than Los Che and boast a superior head-to-head record.

Valencia can also catch sixth-placed Real Sociedad, who have a tougher fixture away at Atletico Madrid, so it is very much still all to play for heading into matchday 38.

Voro Gonzalez has been tasked with steadying the ship for Valencia since the club parted company with Albert Celades in June, just nine months into his reign.

Two wins in their last three, most recently holding off already-relegated Espanyol 1-0 through Kevin Gameiro's goal, means that their campaign will go down to the wire.

Sevilla's Lucas Ocampos celebrates opening the scoring against Real Betis on June 11, 2020© Reuters

Sevilla face a stress-free weekend, meanwhile, as they are 10 points clear of fifth-placed Villarreal and will therefore be playing Champions League football again next term.

There is no added reward for finishing third, but Los Nervionenses will no doubt be looking to overtake Atletico - two points better off - to seal their highest league finish since 2009.

Julen Lopetegui's side were held to a goalless draw away at Real Sociedad on Thursday, bringing an end to a four-match winning run in La Liga.

The stalemate extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches in all competitions, and that momentum could come into good use as they have Europa League last-16 tie with Roma to come next month.

Sevilla do not have the best of home records against Valencia, though, going six games without a win and failing to score in four of those matches.

Sevilla's La Liga form: DWWWWWD

Valencia's La Liga form: LLDWLW

Team News

Ever Banega in action for Sevilla in the Europa League on September 20, 2018© Reuters

Ever Banega picked up another booking against Sociedad and will serve an automatic suspension for this final-day clash.

Sergio Escudero and Tomas Vaclik are struggling from foot and knee injuries respectively and are considered doubtful.

Winger Lucas Ocampos, who was named among the subs last time out, has been involved in five of Sevilla's last six home league goals.

Valencia are without suspended duo Mouctar Diakhaby and Juame Costa, the latter being shown a straight red card late on against Espanyol.

Fellow left-back Jose Gaya is carrying an injury so Alessandro Florenzi may be asked to fill in out of position.

The visitors are also definitely without long-term absentee Rodrigo Moreno, but Gameiro has scored one and assisted another in his last three games and will lead the line on Sunday.

Sevilla possible starting lineup:
Bounou; Navas, Kounde, Carlos, Reguilon; Gudelj, Jordan; Suso, Vazquez, Ocampos; De Jong

Valencia possible starting lineup:
Cillessen; Correia, Paulista, Guillamon, Florenzi; Kondogbia, Soler; Torres, Lee, Guedes; Gameiro

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We say: Sevilla 3-2 Valencia

Sevilla are unbeaten in their last 10 home league matches, while Valencia are winless in 10 on their travels. The two previous final-day clashes between the sides were high-scoring affairs and we can see this one going the same way.

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