Thursday, February 18, 2016

Valencia CF vs Rapid Wien Match Preview

Valencia CF will be hosting Rapid Wien at the Mestalla tonight in the first match of the Europa league. Valencia CF was competing in the Champions league in one of the weakest groups it could have gotten, but unfortunately it blew its chance to go further in the Champions league, but finishing 3rd place meant that the team gets to play in the Europa league, a league that close to the teams abilities it seems and one where its a bit more realistic to think of better placement.

That said Valencia CF is coming off a scrappy win against Espanyol, who are one of the weakest teams this season in La Liga, so not the form we would like them to be in, so the question now looms just how bad is Valencia CF right now? I think we are going to get our answer tonight against Rapid Wien, if we get trashed by them we'd know Valencia's team sucks quite a lot right now, while on the other hand a surprise victory would lift spirits up and tell us the team is not that bad after all.

Rapid Wien on the other hand are doing really well in the Austrian league, they are sharing 1st position on the table with Salzburg with 40 points and have obviously been doing quite well in the Europa league so far.

Their team is a compact one, really playing well as a team, as a unit and every single player is contributing to their wins. If you look at the statistics most of their players have actually scored goals from defensive players to the attackers. In fact there are several players who've scored 4 or more goals each. This also means there is no danger man in their team, so you can't just more strictly mark that player and know that their threat has been diminished, every single player is a threat and they can all score goals.

Gary Neville can't count on Mustafi and Aymen for this match, so the defense will be "weakened", though considering none of the defenders have really performed this season, it probably would remain at the same level its been this whole season. Good thing is that pretty much every other player is available and Gary can field what he considers the strongest starting eleven.

With Diego Alves back its going to be interesting who Gary Neville gives the nod to, we have 3 goalkeepers right now, meaning there will be a lot of frustration due to the lack of playing time by at least 1 of them, which means in the summer someone is probably going to leave, either Ryan or Jaume.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Doménech, Ryan
Defenders: Cancelo, Barragan, Santos, Vezo, Gaya
Midfielders: Zahibo, Fuego, Danilo, Parejo, Enzo Perez, Piatti, Cherushev
Forwards: Negredo, Paco Alcácer, Santi Mina, Moreno

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-3-3
Line-up: Ryan; Barragan, Santos, Vezo, Gaya; Zahibo, Parejo, Gomes; Mina, Paco, Cheryshev
Tactics: High defensive line, own third pressure, mixed passing, counter attacks, winged attacks

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