Valencia CF will play against Sporting Gijón in the first leg of the last 16 at El Molinón at 9.30 pm kick-off time. Valencia CF will be looking to return to winning ways in cup action as the VAR will be used in the Copa del Rey for the first time.
There have been a total of 103 matches between Valencia CF and Sporting, with VCF’s record standing at 44W, 27D and 32L.
The last game between the two sides at E Molinón finished 1-0 to Valencia CF There have been a total of 51 games played at Sporting Gijon’s ground with Valencia CF winning on 13 occasions.
VCF have scored 158 goals against the Asturian side and conceded 128. The first meeting between the two sides took place in 1923 at Algirós and finished 1-0.
The biggest winning margin for Valencia CF against Sporting was a 6-1 victory on January 27th, 1974, at Mestalla with four goals from Quino Sierra and further efforts from Keita and Juan Cruz Sol.
Diego Alegre, Ricardo Alós, Manuel Badenes, Cristián Bustos, Wilmar Cabrera, Denís Chéryshev, Luis Doménech, Joaquín Enguix, Lucho Flores, Javi Fuego, Quiliano Gago, Abdón García, Amador García, Fernando Giner, 'Panchulo' González, Abelardo González, Vicente Iborra, Andrés Jaso, Cesáreo López, Eloy Olaya, Alberto Plá, Antonio Poyatos, Pablo Rodríguez, Fernando Staatsman, Arcadio Suárez, José Trabanco, David Villa, Guillermo Villagrá and Carlos Zurdi have played for both teams.
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Gabriel Paulista and Santi Mina have been dropped from the matchday squad, Kondogbia, Guedes, and Coquelin through injury which sees Kang in and Uroš Račić take their places and both Soler and Gayà restored after serving a one-match ban.
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