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Emirates Cup 2014: Valencia vs. Monaco Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  A statue of ex-Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 28, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

The Emirates Cup kicks off on Saturday at Arsenal's home stadium in north London for the regular pre-season four-way competition with Valencia's clash against Monaco.

Benfica make up the quartet of top European sides on show and will take on the Gunners later in the day.

It is Monaco's debut in the competition while Valencia return having played once before in the inaugural edition, and both sides will be looking to perform well against top opposition as they prepare for the start of their respective league seasons.

Read on for full scheduling, television and live streaming information as the Spaniards take on Ligue 1's second-place finishers from 2013-14.

 

Date: Saturday, August 2

Time: 2 p.m. BST, 9 a.m. ET

TV Info: BT Sport 1 (UK), ESPN Deportes (US)

Live Stream: BT Sport app, ESPN Player

 

Monaco Minus James

LILLE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  James David Rodriguez Rubio of Monaco (C) is challenged by Antonio Mavuba of Lille (L) during the French Ligue 1 match between OSC Lille and AS Monaco at the Grand Stade Metropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq on November 3, 2013 in Lill
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Monaco will have to face next season without star man James Rodriguez who recently made a £71 million move to Real Madrid in the wake of his Golden Boot win at the World Cup in Brazil. 

The clash with Valencia will offer them a good opportunity to test themselves without their Colombian star.

Recent pre-season matches have been successful for Monaco, their latest encounter with Serie A side Parma ending in a 2-0 victory.

LILLE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03: Joao Filipe Moutinho of Monaco in action during the French Ligue 1 match between OSC Lille and AS Monaco at the Grand Stade Metropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq on November 3, 2013 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images
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Joao Moutinho bagged both goals in that encounter, per 101 Great Goals, and could be key for Monaco in the upcoming season after the departure of former Porto teammate Rodriguez with whom he moved to Ligue 1 last summer.

The Portuguese midfielder provided eight Ligue 1 assists last season, per WhoScored.com, and looks in form heading into the clash with Valencia in London.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - DECEMBER 20:  Monaco's foward Radamel Falcao (R) obtains a penalty on Valenciennes's defender Saliou Ciss (L)  during the French L1 football match between AS Monaco vs Valenciennes at Louis II Stadium on December 20, 2013 in Monte-Ca
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The clash could also see the return of Radamel Falcao—who has been out through injury since January and will be essential as a goalscorer—according to coach Leonardo Jardim, per L'Equipe via the Guardian: "I think he [Falcao] will be able to start playing again at the Emirates Cup. He is now in the final phase of his recuperation."

With the likes of Dimitar Berbatov also in Monaco's ranks, the French side will likely prove a stern test for the Valencia defence.

 

Valencia Prepare to Bounce Back

VALENCIA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22:  Joao Pereira of Valencia CF looks on during warm up prior to the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Mestalla on September 22, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Valencia had an awful season in La Liga in 2013-14, finishing eighth in the Spanish top flight having been fifth in the previous campaign.

The Emirates Cup offers them a genuine chance to test their mettle against top opposition, and a victory over Monaco would be a huge fillip ahead of the league season.

However, their pre-season thus far has not been the best as new boss Nuno Espirito Santo attempts to get to grips with his new side.

Their most recent outings have seen them lose on penalties to Peruvian side Alianza de Lima on Saturday after a 2-2 draw while they lost 3-1 to second division German side Nurnberg.

They will have to improve considerably if they are to challenge a decent Monaco side at the Emirates on Saturday with confidence greatly needed in the Valencia camp.

Their opening La Liga game sees them face Sevilla in late August, and a victory over Monaco could kick-start a decent preparatory period in which they also play Benfica in London and Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Previous Emirates Cup matches have often proved high-scoring occasions, and with a great deal of attacking talent on show on Saturday, more of the same can be expected. 

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