Saturday, October 30, 2010

Valencia CF vs Real Zaragoza

Valencia are coming from a big win in terms of what it actually means to the players and as a big confidence booster before some very important matches.
Valencia demolished Logrones 3-0, though the result may be a bit misleading. While Valencia did play better and Logrones had only 1 shot towards goal, we were unable to break them in the first half and only the second half we looked more threatening in attack.
Still a win is a win and this is hopefully the morale, form and confidence booster we've been looking for. Valencia will face Zaragoza on home spoil and after last week's loss at home to Mallorca a win is a must, especially since after this game, there is a Champions League match that will determine who will go through.

Unai Emery is likely to field the reliable 4-2-3-1 formation that's been working so well for us and not risk it with stupid formation changes against dangerous teams like Mallorca.
Anyways Cezar and Feghuoli and Alba are out of the squad due to injuries, while Tino Costa, and Maduro will be given a rest. Dealbert did not found his way in the squad again and this leads me to believe that he and coach Emery are not on good terms.
I hate when the team suffers due to player-coach misunderstanding, but there is not much anyone can do. Bad news is that Alba got injured during our last match and that is a big blow to us, as we only have Mathieu on the left back position.

Valencia CF squad:

Goalkeepers: Miguel Ángel Moyà, Vicente Guaita

Defense: Miguel Brito, Marius Stankevičius, David Navarro, Ricardo Costa, Jérémy Mathieu

Midfielders: Mehmet Topal, David Albelda, Éver Banega, Manuel Fernandes, Joaquín Sánchez, Pablo Hernández, Juan Mata, Vicente Rodríguez

Strikers: Chori Domínguez, Roberto Soldado, Aritz Aduriz

Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Moya; Miguel, Navarro, R. Costa, Mathieu; Joaquin, Topal, Banega, Vicente; Chori, Soldado.
Tactics: Frequent crosses from the wings, final third center through balls, deep laying defensive midfielders and second attacker positional changes.
I feel that Emery is going to experiment with more through balls in this game coming from the center of the field, because he will want to break the tough Rangers defensive line in any way he can, and crosses did not show to be effective against them, so this will be a chance for small experimentation.

Result prediction:
Valencia CF 2-0 Real Zaragoza
We should have enough firepower to overcome Zaragoza who are sitting in the bottom of the table and in the process not receive a goal, as it would really be important to have a good defense against Rangers. Some may expect bigger victory, but I think even if we lead early 2-0 we should slow the game and conserve strength for the Champions League match against Rangers.