ICC Preview: Everton - Valencia

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Grateful Banega keen to repay Valencia support



Everton (4-5-1): Howard; Stones, Distin, Jagielka, Baines; Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini; Anichebe


Goalkeepers: Joel Robles, Tim Howard

Defenders: Leighton Baines, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Antolin Alcaraz, John Stones

Midfielders: Darren Gibson, Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas, Ross Barkley, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Seamus Coleman, Marouane Fellaini, John Lundstram

Forwards: Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone, Steven Naismith, Apostolos Vellios, Victor Anichebe

Valencia (4-2-3-1): Alves; Mathieu, Ruiz, Rami, Cissokho; Romeu, Parejo; Piatti, Banega, Guardado; Jonas.


: Diego Alves, Vicente Guaita, Yeray Lopez

Defenders: Adil Rami, Victor Ruiz, Joao Pereira, Antonio Barragan, Ricardo Costa, Jeremy Mathieu, Aly Cissokho

Midfielders: Oriol Romeu, Sofiane Feghouli, Ever Banega, Juan Bernat, Javier Fuego, Michel, Andres Guardado, Dani Parejo

Forwards: Jonas Goncalves, Pablo Piatti, Jonathan Viera, Paco Alcacer, Roberto Ibanez, Fede Cartabia



  • Everton has split its games in the ICC thus far, defeating Juventus on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw and then losing to Real Madrid 2-1.

  • Valencia has also split its games, doing so against both storied Milan teams. Los Che lost the ICC opener to AC Milan at Estadio Mestalla 2-1 before coming back and putting a 4-0 hurting on Inter Milan Sunday in New York.

  • Jonathan Viera scored twice in the victory over Inter, with Ever Banega and Jonas Goncalves also finding the back of the net.

  • In the midst of the tournament, Valencia has seen top striker Roberto Soldado transfer to Tottenham for a 30 million euro transfer fee.

  • Everton, meanwhile, has made an approach for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld, according to the player's agent.

  • Both teams had similar 2012-13 campaigns in their respective leagues. Valencia won 19 times and amassed 65 points in La Liga en route to a fifth-place finish. Everton won 16 times and collected 63 points on its way to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

  • Valencia will be the second Spanish side that Everton's Spanish manager Roberto Martinez will have coached against in this tournament, with Real Madrid being the first.