Monday, November 8, 2010

Sevilla FC vs Valencia CF Match preview

Valencia will take on Sevilla today in what will be a match to get back on the right track for both teams and confirm they are contenders for the top spots. With both teams not really playing continuously good and having frequent ups and downs, this will be an opportunity to get their seasons in order.
Both teams need consistency and this will be the match where they will search for it and hope its the turning point in the campaign.

Sevilla has been the least consistent team from the two, in one match playing great and the next playing terrible, they were knocked off the Champions League in the qualification rounds by Braga and have not even been performing well in the Europa League with mixed results. They changed coaches and Antonio Alvarez was replaced by former Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano in order to put Sevilla back to winning ways.
In the Spanish league they come from a demoralizing 4-0 loss to Barcelona and will look to kick-start their campaign anew and fight for top spots.
Sevilla last game was actually a huge 4-0 win over Karpaty and they will feel somewhat good after that victory, but that team is way weaker than Barcelona or any of the top Spanish teams.

Sevilla FC squad:
Goalkeepers: Andrés Palop, Javi Varas
Defense: Dani Jiménez, Mouhamadou Dabo, Fernando Navarro, Martín Cáceres, Alexis Ruano, Julien Escudé
Midfield: Didier Zokora, Renato, Luca Cigarini, Romaric, Alejandro Alfaro, Lautaro Acosta, Diego Capel, Diego Perotti
Strikers: Luís Fabiano, Frédéric Kanouté, Álvaro Negredo

Valencia on the other hand have been somewhat more consistent, though they had few bad results in the league recently, although Valencia did play good and beat Rangers 3-0 in the Champions League match.
Numerous Valencia players have said they they are going to Sevilla to win and to break the historic record in the past few seasons that Valencia can't beat any top team in the Spanish league. Navarro said "records are there to be broken and we are going to Sevilla to break that record and win".
Unai Emery also stressed that they are going into the match with the intention of winning and that would be possible if the team does not repeat the mistakes in some of the previous matches.
Ultimately this will be a chance for Valencia to show their credentials and strength and if not a win, even a draw would be great, just not a loss as that would put us back into a bad position.
Valencia had one blow-back prior to this match, as Ever Banega got injured and will not be featured in the squad, this is terrible news as he was just starting to play well for us.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: César Sánchez, Vicente Guaita
Defense: Bruno Saltor, Miguel Brito, David Navarro, Ricardo Costa, Hedwiges Maduro, Jérémy Manthieu, Jordi Alba
Midfield: David Albelda, Tino Costa, Mehmet Topal, Manuel Fernandes, Pablo Hernández, Joaquín Sánchez, Juan Mata
Strikers: Aritz Aduriz, Roberto Soldado

Ever Banega was injured in the last training session and although its a minor injury Emery will not risk him, Chori Dominguez is also reportedly injured, Feghuoli seems to still be recovering and Stankevicious, Dealbert, Vicente and Moya were left out of the squad by coach Unai Emery.

Valencia CF Technical:
Formation: 4-4-2
Line up: Cezar; Miguel, Navarro, R. Costa, Mathieu; Joaquin, Albelda, Tino, Mata, Soldado; Aduriz.
Tactics: High frequency crosses from the wings, positional changes from the 3 attacking midfielders, medium defensive line, high opposing field pressure, deep zone defensive midfielder.

Can't see anything changing about the tactics except from some few small details like not too high defensive line, in order to defend quicker from any counter attack, while keeping more pressure in the midfield so that Sevilla loose more balls there. I can see positional changes from the wings especially Mata and one of the strikers coming wider to help out with crosses or build-up.

Result prediction:
Sevilla FC 2-2 Valencia CF
I think there will be goals on both sides, neither defense is too sturdy and solid and both sides can pack a punch in attack if circumstances are right. I can't see Valencia winning since we are playing an awat match, but a draw is very much in the cards. The most important battles will be in the defense though and whoever defense is better may determine the winner is there is one.