Valencia have not been in La Liga action since January 6, when they lost at home to Cadiz, which left them on 19 points from 16 matches; Los Che are currently 12th in the table, just three points clear of the drop zone, although they have at least one game in hand on every side below them.
Gennaro Gattuso’s side were in action in the Spanish Super Cup earlier this month, losing to Real Madrid on penalties in the semi-finals, but they did manage to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 4-0 victory over Sporting Gijon last week.
La Union were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Arenteiro at the start of November, so each of their last three matches have been in the league, picking up two points from contests with Cadiz, Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid.
Almeria will enter this game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Atletico last Sunday, with El Bilal Toure cancelling out an opener from Angel Correa, and the result moved the promoted outfit onto 18 points.
Rubi’s side are currently 13th in the table, but they are only two points clear of the relegation zone in an incredibly crowded bottom half of the table.
As it stands, there are only four points between Sevilla in 19th and Valencia in 12th, so a couple of poor results could easily see them slide towards the bottom three.