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Sevilla and Valencia look to keep Spanish flag aloft in Europa League

English.news.cn   2014-04-02 20:45:05

MADRID, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Both Valencia and Sevilla look to keep the Spanish flag flying in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday night.

The two sides are in different form in the domestic BBVA Primera Liga, with Valencia adrift in mid-table after a painful home defeat to Getafe on Sunday night, while Sevilla are in fifth place, six points adrift of fourth place Athletic Club Bilbao and a spot in next season's Champions League.

Although they slipped to a lackluster 1-0 defeat away to Celta Vigo on Saturday, Sevilla will travel to face Oporto boosted by the way they overcame a 2-0 home defeat to local rivals Betis in the last round to qualify following a nerve-wracking penalty shootout in Betis' Benito Villamarin Stadium.

Sevilla coach Unai Emery has Stephane M'Bia and Federico Fazio suspended for the game, while he is waiting to see if goalkeeper, Beto, who was unable to play in Vigo, and Daniel Carrico are fit to face Porto.

Valencia have to travel to Switzerland to face Basel in a tie in which the Spanish side are favorites, but where they need to be careful against a side which has a solid European pedigree.

Sunday saw Juan Antonio Pizzi's team lose 3-1 at home to Getafe, who had not won in the BBVA Primera Liga since November, highlighting that Valencia have run out of steam after a good run following his arrival at the end of last year.

Valencia have taken just 5 points from their last five domestic games, but will draw strength from a run of five straight wins away in Europe and an unbeaten run of nine matches in continental football.

Their rivals have not conceded a goal in their last three home games, but have striker Giovanni Sio suspended along with defender Marek Suchy.

Seydou Keita returns to the Valencia squad while midfielder Javi Fuego misses the tie through suspension and first choice goalkeeper, Diego Alves has a hamstring injury.

Editor: Shen Qing
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