KICK off: 31 December 17:00
Team news: Valencia will again be without the services of Gabriel Paulista due to a hamstring problem, while Uros Racic will miss out though suspension due to the red card that he picked up against Levante. Los Che are also sweating on the fitness of Dimitri Foulquier, Toni Lato and Thierry Correia, but Daniel Wass and Maxi Gomez are both available, having served suspensions in their side’s last league match. Racic’s absence will open the door for Wass to return, but Gomez is unlikely to come straight back in, with Helder Costa and Hugo Duro expected to support Guedes in the final third of the field. As for Espanyol, David Lopez remains sidelined due to a knee problem, while Landry Dimata and Oscar Gil are doubts for the Catalan side here. There are not expected to be many surprises in the away side’s XI on Friday, but Aleix Vidal could drop into a defensive area to allow Adri Embarba to feature in attack. Raul de Tomas will again lead the line for the visitors, while Sergi Darder and Javi Puado should also feature in attacking areas for Moreno’s side at Mestalla.
Prediction: Valencia to win
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