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Valencia CF will Host French club Lille OSC as both teams have struggled early on in group play of this year's Champions League.
With the way both of these clubs have played, experts are not expecting a classic match, but are confident that the loser will most certainly make an early exit in this year's tournament.
Valencia will have to forget about the inconsistent start to their league play and will need to focus on only this match if they are to have any chance of gaining full points. The Spanish team has only been able to produce two wins, two draws and two defeats in their first six matches in league play, which leaves them in 10th position in the table.
They also lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich, which was the product of poor defending and uninspired play against the German side.
Their French opponents have not fared better in league play this year. After beating Saint-Etienne in their first league game of the season, the team has recorded just one positive result, which came from a 2-0 win over FC Copenhagen. The match secured their place in the group stages of the Champions League.
Lille manager Rudi Garcia will try to get his team not to focus on their 3-1 home defeat to FC BATE Borisov, which came as a surprise to many football fans. Nor will he dwell on his team's latest league defeat to Rennes. Instead, Garcia should focus on getting his team to develop more creative offensive play and stress better communication for his defensive line.
Garcia will hope to have his three strikers Salomon Kalou, Ronny Rodelin and Marvin Martin ready for today's game, but will make his decision regarding their ability right before the kickoff.
Valencia will also look to overcome the absence of defender Ricardo Costa and Jeremy Mathieu, who were both left out of the line-up due to injury.
Kickoff for the match is at 2:45 EDT and can be watched online here.