VAL vs FEN Dream11: In another humdinger of a matchup in EuroLeague this week, two teams aiming for the playoffs will have a direct tilt at each other as Valencia Basket entertain Fenerbahce in round-26 at Pavelló Municipal Font de San Lluís on Friday night (IST).
Valencia dropped the last game 82-85 at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv and dropped a place down to 7th on the EuroLeague table. How critical that result was that four teams below them are only one game away from them heading into this match, and if they lose this game, they could be outside the top-8. It goes without saying then that this game is huge for Valencia and its hopes of making the playoff.
But the opponnets, Fenerbahce also have their eyes stuck at the same target and in contention for the top-8, but more importantly for both the teams is that they are separated by just one game and if Fenerbahce win by a 12-point difference they will be going above Valencia on the table.
This will be the 8th meeting between these two teams in EuroLeague since 2000. Valencia Basket lead the head-to-head record with 4 wins, and also won the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Valencia Basket | Fenerbahce
Games: 25 | 25
Wins: 12 | 11
Defeats: 13 | 14
Total Points scored: 2036 | 1926
Points conceded: 2043 | 1957
Host: Valencia Basket
Match Timing: February 29, @ 01:30 AM
Venue: Pavelló Municipal Font de San Lluís
Valencia Basket team news:
Status out: Jordan Loyd is out with a right foot injury.
Status Questionable: Sam Van Rossom (knee) and Guillem Vives (ankle) both will be monitored before the game.
Valencia Basket roster: Quino Colom, Maurice Ndour, Vanja Marinkovic, Aaron Doornekamp, Mike Tobey, Guillem Ferrando, Louis Labeyrie, Joan Sastre, Bojan Dubljevic, Alberto Abalde, Fernando San Emeterio
Valencia Basket key players:
Fenerbahce team news:
Status out: None. A clean bill of health for head coach Željko Obradović.
Status Questionable: None.
Fenerbahce active roster: Luigi Datome, Leo Westermann, Ali Muhammed, James Nunnally, Derrick Williams, Joffrey Lauvergne, Ahmet Duverioglu, Nikola Klinic, Malcolm Thomas, Jan Vesley, Nando de Colo, Kostas Sloukas
Fenerbahce key players:
VAL vs FEN Dream11 starting five:
PF: Louis Labeyrie
SF: Joan Sastre
C: Bojan Dubljevic
PG: Alberto Abalde
SG: Fernando San Emeterio
PF: Nikola Klinic
SF: Malcolm Thomas
C: Jan Vesley
PG: Nando de Colo
SG: Kostas Sloukas
Valencia Basket: Quino Colom, Maurice Ndour, Vanja Marinkovic, Aaron Doornekamp, Mike Tobey, Guillem Ferrando
Fenerbahce: Luigi Datome, Leo Westermann, Ali Muhammed, James Nunnally, Derrick Williams, Joffrey Lauvergne, Ahmet Duverioglu
VAL vs FEN Dream11 teams:
PG: Q Colom, N D Colo (SP)
SG: Marinkovic, K Sloukas
SF: FS Emeterio
C: Dubljevic, Vesley
PG: Q Colom, N D Colo
SG: K Sloukas
SF: FS Emeterio, Datome
C: Dubljevic (SP), Ndour
Valencia have already beaten Fenerbahce earlier this season and are very hard to get over in home games. They will start the game as favorites.
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