Valladolid lost its opener at home to Athletic Bilbao and lost star player Patrick Ebert to injury -- a double whammy. Javi Guerra and Manucho can still score some goals (though not as many as the young Angolan claimed), but ex-Levante boss Juan Ignacio Martínez (JIM!) will undoubtedly look to beat the Yellow Submarine on the counter.
Same squad as last week at Marcelino García Toral's disposal:
Keepers: Juan Carlos, Asenjo.
Defenders: Mario, Pantic, J. Costa, Musacchio, Íñiguez, Dorado.
Midfielders: Bruno, Pina, Manu, Hernán, Aquino, Cani.
Strikers: Giovani, Uche, Jony, Perbet.
My expected XI (as compared to last week):
Asenjo; Mario, Íñiguez, Musacchio, J. Costa; Bruno, Pina; Aquino (Hernán), Cani; Gio, Jony (Uche).
The substitutes turned around last week's match in Almería, so Javier Aquino and Jony Pereira deserve a start. That goes for Manu Trigueros as well, but I think Marcelino wants to see more of Tomás Pina to know what we have.
The match begins at 5 pm Eastern Time and will air in the US on beIN Sport en Español -- nice to be back on TV! We need another 3 points. Endavant Villarreal!