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Gary Neville's Valencia are 10th in the La Liga table after 18 matchesGetty Images

Gary Neville's Valencia will be out to end a three-match winless run when they face Granada in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 at the Mestalla on 6 January.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. The game is not scheduled for live broadcast in the UK.

Overview

A late Paco Alcacer goal salvaged a 2-2 draw for Valencia against 10-man Real Madrid at the weekend, extending the club's winless run in La Liga to seven matches. Gary Neville described the Real match as his team's best performance over 90 minutes since he took charge at the Mestalla and will hope the display sparks a revival in the club's form.

Defenders Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) and Jose Luis Gaya (groin) missed the game against Madrid due to injury and are doubtful to feature against Granada. Sofiane Feghouli and goalkeeper Diego Alves are also sidelined with injuries.

Granada beat Andalusian rivals Sevilla 2-1 at home on 3 January to climb out of the relegation zone in La Liga. The visitors have lost eight of their last nine head-to-head meetings with Valencia.

Granada boss Jose Ramon Sandoval has no fresh injury concerns. Full-back Cristiano Biraghi is available again after he missed the Sevilla game due to a suspension, but on-loan duo Robert Ibanez and Salva Ruiz are ineligible to play against their parent club.

What managers say

Gary Neville: "We found things hard at the beginning, but later we played well and we gave Real Madrid problems. This was the best performance we've had so far over 90 minutes. We wanted to win, and to win you need to avoid counter attacks. It's not in my nature to settle for anything, and you have to take risks to win games. I am the head coach of a huge club."

Jose Ramon Sandoval: "There is a confidence in what we are doing. This year we will be very competitive and have a good run."

Form guide

  • Valencia (all competitions): DLDWD
  • Last result: Valencia 2-2 Real Madrid
  • Granada (all competitions): WLLWW
  • Last result: Granada 2-1 Sevilla

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Valencia win: 6/11
  • Draw: 3
  • Granada win: 5

Team news

Valencia possible XI: Ryan; Barragan, Santos, Vezo, Orban; Parejo, Fuego, Gomes; Piatti, Negredo, Mina

Granada possible XI: Fernandez; Foulquier, Lomban, Mainz, Doria, Mendez; Perez, Rochina, Krhin; Success, Penaranda