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The last time Valencia CF were involved in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds they failed to win either of their home games so they will keen for a positive outcome when they entertain FC Schalke 04.
• The sides' two previous competitive matches at Mestalla both ended in draws. It finished 0-0 in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage and 1-1 ten years previously in a UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg. On that occasion Schalke's 2-0 home win sent them through while the 2007 Gelsenkirchen contest ended in a 1-0 victory for Valencia.
• The full lineups for the 28 November 2007 game at Mestalla were:
Valencia: Cañizares, Marchena, Caneira (Albiol 43), Helguera, Miguel, Albelda, Vicente (Silva 72), Joaquín, Edu, Villa, Morientes (Manuel Fernandes 35).
Schalke: Neuer, Westermann, Bordon, Rafinha, Krstajić, Ernst, Rakitić (Grossmüller 66), Jones (Bajramović 71), Özil, Halil Altıntop (Asamoah 80), Kuranyi.
• Valencia's last six home games against German visitors have produced five draws and a defeat. Their most recent victory came in October 1996 with a 3-0 success against FC Bayern München in a UEFA Cup first round tie. They have won just three of their ten home matches against German sides; their overall record is W4 D9 L8.
• Valencia have less happy memories from their meeting with Bayern in the 2001 UEFA Champions League final, losing a penalty shoot-out at San Siro after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time.
• Schalke's record in eight competitive games away to other Spanish opponents includes two wins and a draw. In a total of 19 games their record is W6 D5 L8.
• Unai Emery's Valencia lost their first home game in Group C 1-0 to Manchester United FC but then posted impressive victories against Rangers FC (3-0) and Bursaspor (6-1). Away from home they drew 1-1 at Rangers and United and won 4-0 at Bursaspor.
• Schalke opened with 1-0 defeat at Olympique Lyonnais that proved their only reverse in Group B. Their other away games produced a 0-0 draw at Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC and a 2-1 victory against SL Benfica.
• When Valencia were last at this stage in 2006/07, they beat FC Internazionale Milano on away goals with a 2-2 draw in Italy and a goalless home tie. They then drew 1-1 at Chelsea FC in the quarter-final first leg but lost 2-1 at home.
• Schalke's only previous knockout appearance came in 2007/08 when they beat FC Porto 4-1 on penalties after both legs ended 1-0 to the home side. They lost both games of their quarter-final against FC Barcelona 1-0.
• Ricardo Costa played for VfL Wolfsburg from 2007 to 2010, working under current Schalke coach Felix Magath until 2009. Costa twice faced Schalke, winning 2-1 in Gelsenkirchen in 2007/08 when Manuel Neuer was on the opposite side.
• The following season – which ended with Costa celebrating his side's championship triumph – the Gelsenkirchen fixture ended 2-2.
• In the semi-final of UEFA EURO 2008 Christoph Metzelder's Germany beat Mehmet Topal's Turkey 3-2 in Basel.
• José Manuel Jurado was part of the Club Atlético de Madrid side that overcame Valencia in last season's UEFA Europa League quarter-finals. He also previously played for RCD Mallorca (2008/09) and Real Madrid CF (2002 to 2006).
• Before joining the Gelsenkirchen club last summer, Rául González had spent his entire senior career with Real Madrid. He scored in their 3-0 defeat of Valencia in the UEFA Champions League final in May 2000 and in 24 league games against these opponents found the net 12 times, including five goals at Mestalla.
• Metzelder faced Valencia three times while at Real Madrid between 2007 and 2010, winning twice and losing once.
• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Hedwiges Maduro have appeared together for the Netherlands national team.
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