Date: 19.12.2015 16:00 CET
16th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Gary Neville and Fran Escriba
Since Nuno Santo resigned things have been hectic at Valencia CF, with new manager Gary Neville trying to manage a new situation for him, since he lacks coaching experience and things have been mixed so far, though with little time for his ideas to be implemented and for things to really change. Every coach when replacing someone else in mid season would need at least a month before he can implement his style and ideas, though we are likely to see a bit of what Gary Neville's Valencia CF looks like against Getafe CF.
The new coach has been in charge for about two weeks and has had time to analyze the players, see how they perform at training, he's had three games to basically try stuff out, most recently the cup win and he likely has more of an idea of where things stand. He also has few returning players from injury or suspension.
Valencia CF has further slipped in the table and is now 8th place with 21 points, though only couple of points separate 4th and 8th place, in fact the difference between 4th and 12th place is only 11 points, this shows you how close the group is and how competitive La Liga is this season. Valencia CF could jump straight to 6th place with a win here, albeit temporarily, but it would be a move in the right direction. If the team can get some luck on there side and be able to win the next 3-4 matches, we stand a good chance for Champions league football, or at least to be able to fight for it.
Getafe CF are always a tricky opponent to play against, this season they've been in the middle of the park with a lot of games ending up in draws when they play, they don't score a lot of goals per match, in fact they are even weaker than Valencia CF in that department, but they do tend to concede 1.6 goals per match. Their key player is Alvaro Vasquez with 3 goals and 2 assists this season, the best in their team.
Valencia's key players this season have been Paco Alcacer and Daniel Parejo with Paco being really at the top of the table in all competitions. Unfortunately not a lot more players are contributing as much as Paco or Parejo and therein lies the problem.
Valencia CF is still missing a lot of players, due to injuries and suspension, Mustafi is in the squad, but he just came back from injury and is a risk to play, but we'll see who Gary puts on. I think Mustafi needs to be on the bench to be able to recoup better.
Valencia CF Squad:
Goalkeepers: Doménech, Ryan
Defenders: Cancelo, Barragan, Mustafi, Santos, Vezo, Aymen, Gaya, Diallo
Midfielders: Zahibo, Danilo, Parejo, Andre Gomes, Fran Villaba, Piatti, De Paul
Forwards: Negredo, Paco Alcácer, Santi Mina
Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Line-up: Jaume; Cancelo, Santos, Aymen, Gaya; Danilo, Parejo, Gomes; Mina, Paco, De Paul.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, counter attacks, attacking triangle