Gary Neville
Valencia boss Gary Neville is yet to win a match in La Liga Reuters

Valencia coach Gary Neville faces a make-or-break league encounter against Espanyol at the Mestalla on 13 February.

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 7.30pm GMT. The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 2 HD.


Gary Neville is fighting to save his Valencia job after his team crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis last weekend and dropped down to 14th on the La Liga table. The Mestalla club were eliminated from the Copa del Rey in midweek by Barcelona and desperately need a win against Espanyol to turn around their season.

Andre Gomes, Shkodran Mustafi and Jose Gaya are all suspended and will not feature against Espanyol, but Paco Alcacer (knee) and Enzo Perez (cheek) should return.

Espanyol are on a nine-game winless run in all competitions and were beaten 5-0 at home by Real Sociedad last weekend. The Catalan side have ended up on the losing side in seven of their last eight visits to the Mestalla.

Midfielder Jose Canas (toe) is sidelined for the visitors, but Victor Sanchez and Felipe Caicedo should return from injury.

What managers say

Gary Neville: "I haven't seen the players panic and they've not seen me panic. There can be a hurricane on the outside but you have to be in the eye of the storm on the inside. There's been no huge sway to behave in a different way the last few weeks of results. We've not changed tack, we've not changed the way in which we work. We believe in our work and proving ourselves. We have to win against Espanyol and that's what we're focusing on. It's a final."

Constantin Galca: "I'm fine, I care more about the players. We have trained well during the week, with a lot of attitude and intensity. That's positive for us. The return of Caicedo and Victor Sanchez has contributed much to the group. It is a difficult moment, but I totally trust the players."

Form guide

  • Valencia (all competitions): DLLLW
  • Last result: Valencia 1-1 Barcelona (Copa del Rey)
  • Espanyol (all competitions): LLDLL
  • Last result: Espanyol 0-5 Real Sociedad

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Valencia win: 13/18
  • Draw: 27/10
  • Espanyol win: 17/4

Team news

Valencia possible XI: Ryan; Barragan, Santos, Abdennour, Siqueira; Feghouli, Parejo, Perez, Cheryshev; Alcacer, Negredo

Espanyol possible XI: Arlauskis; Lopez, Alvaro Gonzalez, Roco, Fuentes; Sanchez, Diop; Perez, Jordan, Sevilla; Caicedo