Valencia Vs. Malaga, 2011 La Liga, Week 16: Los Boquerones Look To Keep Champions League Hopes Alive

Unai Emery the Valencia manager directs his players during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Chelsea FC and Valencia CF at Stamford Bridge in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Valencia and Malaga do battle at the Mestalla with Champions League places at stake

Every time Malaga have put up a result that was indicative of Champions League quality, they have followed it up with more than one result that was anything but. The good news for them is that many of Spain's big sides have struggled this season, and they're only five points off of fourth place. That fourth spot is occupied by Levante, and their run likely is not sustainable. Los Boquerones could go a long way towards getting into the top four with a decent result at the Mestalla on Sunday.

Valencia lost away to Betis last week, but that's the only bad result of the season. Every other dropped point has been more than understandable, as Los Che have played very consistent football and beaten the teams they were supposed to beat. They will be expected to take all three points against a Malaga team in poor form with a poor defense, but Malaga have enough firepower to make things interesting.

Valencia vs. Malaga

Game Date/Time: Sunday, Dec. 18, 3:30 p.m. ET, 9:30 p.m. local

Venue: Mestalla, Valencia, Spain

TV: GolTV (USA and Canada), Sky Sports 2 (UK)

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