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Preview: Valencia vs. Deportivo La Coruna

Sports Mole previews the La Liga showdown between Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna.

Valencia secured their place in the group stages of the Champions League during the week and will look to build on their achievement in their La Liga clash against Deportivo La Coruna this weekend.

Nuno Espirito Santo's men drew their first league match of the season against Rayo Vallecano, while Deportivo also earned a point in their clash against Real Sociedad.


Valencia's forward Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League playoff football match between AS Monaco FC vs Valencia CF, at the Louis II Stadium, in Monaco, on August 25, 2015© Getty Images

Los Che advanced to the group stages of the Champions League as a result of their aggregate victory over Monaco, despite their 2-1 defeat at the Stade Louis II.

Santo's side will now turn their attention back to the league after they got off the mark on the opening day with a 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano.

Valencia had several chances to win the match, but they were thwarted in their attempts to take all three points on the opening day as their forwards failed to fire in front of goal.

Los Che's home form last season was crucial to their fourth-place finish to guide them into the Champions League. They lost just once last season at the Mestalla and won 15 of their 19 matches, with only champions Barcelona and Real Madrid boasting a better record.

Valencia's struggles to find the net in their opener were surprising given that they notched 70 goals in the league last season, 42 of which came at home. Daniel Parejo led the way with 12 strikes in the league, but Alvaro Negredo will be determined to find his form this season after making his loan move permanent.

Santo will be targeting his side's first win of the campaign to kickstart their challenge to remain in touch with Barcelona and Real to better their finish from last season.

Recent league form: D
Recent form (all competitions): WDL

Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo's midfielder Juanfran Moreno vies with Valencia's defender Jose Gaya during the Spanish league football match RC Deportivo de la Coruna vs Valencia CF at the Municipal de Riazor stadium in La Coruna on October 19, 2014© Getty Images

Deportivo opened their 2015-16 season with a 0-0 draw in their clash against Real Sociedad to get them off the mark for the campaign.

Victor Sanchez's men got off to a solid start as they fended off a strong challenge from David Moyes's side to earn a valuable point in the first game of the season at Estadio Riazor.

Deportivo survived relegation to the Segunda Division by the skin of their teeth as Elche were condemned to life in the second tier due to their financial debt, much to the relief of Sanchez as well as Eibar and Granada at the foot of the table.

Brancoazuis had a poor record on the road last season as they won just two of their 19 games away from the Estadio Riazor, losing nine of their matches.

Goals were the main problem for Deportivo as they scored just 13 times away from home - only relegated Cordoba scored fewer on their travels. Lucas Perez was the club's top scorer last season with six goals and Sanchez will be hopeful that someone his side takes the initiative to break into double figures in the campaign.

Brancoazuis will face a tough task to improve their away record from last season when they travel to the Mestalla on Sunday.

Recent league form: D

Team News

Valencia's midfielder Dani Parejo celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Valencia CF vs SD Eibar at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on May 3, 2015© Getty Images

Jose Gaya, Daniel Parejo and Sofiane Feghouli are all available for Santo after they served suspensions against Rayo Vallecano week.

Rodrigo de Paul could come into the midfield as Los Che may opt to ring changes following their exploits in the Champions League in midweek, while Santi Mina could also come into contention.

However, Diego Alves and Andre Gomes are out of the fixture due to injury.

Sanchez is likely to stick with the same lineup that drew against Sociedad. Alberto Lopo should be able to overcome a knock to play in the clash at the Mestalla.

Fabricio, Manuel Pablo and Oriol Riera will miss the match due to injury.

Valencia possible starting lineup:
Ryan; Cancelo, Vezo, Mustafi, Gaya; Paul, Fuego, Parejo; Mina, Alcacer, Piatti

Deportivo possible starting lineup:
Lux; Laure, Sidnei, Lopo, Navarro; Borges, Mosquera; Juanfran, Fajr, Cani; Perez

Head To Head

Valencia won the last match between the sides with a 2-0 victory at the Mestalla courtesy of strikes from Parejo and Paco Alcacer.

However, Deportivo recorded a 3-0 triumph earlier in the campaign as an own goal from Shkodran Mustafi, Jose Toche and Perez guided Brancoazuis to the three points.

Over the course of history, the teams are tied at 18 wins apiece out of their 46 contests, while 10 of the matches have ended in draws.

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We say: Valencia 3-0 Deportivo

Valencia lost during the week although they still edged past Monaco into the group stage of the Champions League.

Santo will be eyeing a victory for his team to get their first win of the league campaign and Los Che will able to dominate Deportivo due to their superior quality in the final third of the pitch.


Who will win Sunday's La Liga clash between Valencia and Deportivo La Coruna?

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