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Valencia will look to bounce back from their home defeat to Athletic Bilbao when they face Malaga at La Rosaleda on 2 March.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7pm GMT. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 3 HD.


Malaga overtook Valencia in the La Liga table to 11th after playing out a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad at the weekend. The Andalusian side have only won two of their last eight matches in the league. Midfielder Chory Castro has returned to training after recovering from a hamstring injury and could feature against Valencia, but defender Raul Albentosa (knee) is a doubt.

Valencia's four-match winning run in all competitions came to a crashing halt after they were beaten 3-0 at the Mestalla by Athletic Bilbao. The visitors have won four of their last six league meetings with Malaga. Gary Neville has Guilherme Siqueira and Aymen Abdennour available for selection after the defensive duo recovered from ankle and hamstring problems, respectively. Left-back Jose Luis Gaya (thigh) is out.

What managers say

Javi Gracia: "It was a very complete game against a rival which was at its best moment of the season and was also mentally very strong. Playing in San Sebastian is not easy. We will assess what we are doing and make sure that nothing tarnishes the team's work."

Gary Neville: "I thought the referee was a joke. It was embarrassing we didn't get two penalties. I've not blamed referees in any of our games, but I thought his management of the game was awful. Some of the things he did were incredible. I enjoyed watching us play, we were a team that looked confident, we looked like we were a team in control, and Bilbao had problems with us."

Form guide

  • Malaga: DDLWW
  • Last result: Real Sociedad 1-1 Malaga
  • Valencia (all competitions): LWWWW
  • Last result: Valencia 0-3 Athletic Bilbao

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Malaga win: 1
  • Draw: 40/17
  • Valencia win: 3

Team news

Malaga possible XI: Kameni; Rosales, Albentosa, Weligton, Ricca; Juanpi, Fornals, Recio, Horta; Charles, Cop

Valencia possible XI: Alves; Cancelo, Mustafi, Abdennour, Siqueira; Parejo, Perez, Gomes; Mina, Alcacer, Cheryshev