A match preview for the encounter between Valencia and Malaga.
Where: Mestalla, Valencia
When: Sunday, August 18, 5:30pm KO
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Last year’s top four rivals will kick off the new season with what is sure to be an enticing encounter. Finishing 5th and 6th respectively, the two sides are expected to duke it out again for another top half finish.
However, it’s been all change for both club’s over the summer and they will have to learn to adapt without their top stars.
Highly rated youngster Isco left to join Real Madrid, whilst Roberto Soldado moved to Tottenham Hotspur for a big fee. Valencia have sought to replace him with Real Zaragoza front man Helder Postiga, who will join up with fellow new boys Javi Fuego, Michel, Oriol Romeu.
Malaga, however, have been forced to keep their transfer activity to a minimum due to some heavy financial worries off the pitch have meant that the sales of the likes of Isco and Jeremy Toulalan have had to go untouched.
They have brought in last season’s loanee striker Roque Santa Cruz on a permanent deal, and they will be hoping that he is able to significantly add to his eight goals from last season.