Granada can afford to go into their meeting with Valencia with renewed optimism after their shock pre-recess victory.
Juan Antonio Anquela’s men collected only their fourth win of the season away to Osasuna, to climb out of the relegation zone and all the way up to 15th.
The problem now lies in manning their front line, as Antonio Floro Flores and Youssef El-Arabi have left for Genoa and the African Cup of Nations respectively.
“We are intensely searching for a striker who is familiar to the Spanish Primera Division or at least to Spanish football,” confessed sporting director Juan Carlos Cordero.
Valencia are also enjoying renewed confidence thanks to four wins in five games under new tactician Ernesto Valverde.
“Valverde has changed the team’s personality and attitude on the field,” enthused defender Ricardo Costa.
Kick off: Saturday January 5, 5.00 (BST)