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(ATT 12,000) 4th March 2012 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: E Iturralde Gonzalez

Granada Granada vs Valencia Valencia


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Aritz Aduriz: Confidence concern

Aritz Aduriz: Confidence concern

Veteran striker Aritz Aduriz has admitted that Valencia fear their recent drop in form could cost them a Champions League place.

Sky Bet Odds

Granada 5/2, Draw 12/5, Valencia 11/10 Bet here.

Los Che sit third in the Primera Division table but have won just once in the league since the turn of the year.

It is a run that has not cost them dear yet, as they remain five points ahead of a chasing pack that is beginning to loom large behind them.

"There is a concern because things aren't going as we would like, but the worry is relative to what is justified and necessary," Aduriz said in a press conference ahead of this weekend's trip to Granada.

"We are optimists and right now we are in a good position. We have had some setbacks that have cost us points, but we have to move forward.

"We have a week where we can put right our form in the league."

There is a good mood around the Mestalla this week, though, after striker Roberto Soldado made an impressive return to Spain duty after five years.

Soldado netted a second-half hat-trick in the 5-0 friendly win over Venezuela in Malaga.

"Roberto had a lot of fun," Aduriz said. "He was only on the field for half the game, but that was enough for him to score a hat-trick and win a penalty."

Valencia's bid to end a two-game losing run will be tested by a Granada side who have hit some home form of late.

El Grana have won their past two games at Los Carmenes, which has helped push them four points clear of the drop zone.

"After the last two games that the team has won at home we have regained our confidence and Los Carmenes has returned to being a fortress," midfielder Abel told AS.

"We are capable of winning by playing good football and the base of survival in the Primera is being strong at home.

"We don't fear anyone. Valencia are a great team and we know we have a strong opponent in front of us, but we also know that we can beat anyone."

Best bet: Soldado to score first - 4/1

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 25 24
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18