Thursday, November 11, 2010

Valencia CF vs UD Logrones - Match Preview

After a disapointing, but not necesarilly deserved loss to Sevilla on Monday, Valencia will look to demolish Logrones in this match and serve as a preparation for more difficult matches in the Spanish league and in Europe.

Valencia holds a 3-0 lead over Logrones, from the first matchday and will look for a similar result tonight also. With such an advantage Unai Emery is going to field a weaker side for the match and hopefully give some youth players a chance. The one youth player to get a chance will be Isco Alarcon, possibly followed by Paco Alcacer.
Isco actually trained with the first team in wednesday and will be in the team to face Logrones, though Paco is probably not going to be called up in the team. The official squad is not yet known, but its a safe bet who Emery is going to take and start.

Valencia are favorites to advance through this leg of the competition and in the process win this match decisively also, even with weakened team.

Unai Emery actually had a meeting with Valencia president Llorente and technical secretary Braulio. When asked what they talked about, Emery said they talked about the current situation, loosing 12 points in 4 matches and how to overcome it.
This just shows how active Valencia president is and how important it is to him for Valencia to succeed, so hopefully the talks were constructive.

Valencia CF official squad:
Goalkeepers: Vicente Guaita, Miguel Ángel Moyà
Bruno Saltor, Ángel Dealbert, Hedwiges Maduro, Marius Stankevičius, Jordi Alba
Iván Rubio, David Albelda, Tino Costa, Pablo Hernández, Sofiane Feghouli, Vicente Rodríguez, Isco Alarcón
Paco Alcácer, Roberto Soldado

UD logrones will probably use this match to test their strength and see if they can fight for top spot in their division. I'm sure they have no illusions of going through, though they are likely to fight and try to play a closer match with Valencia and not get demolished.
They also have a new coach former Valencia player Sergio Pellicer. Pellicer replaces the recently sacked Josip Višnjić.

UD Logrones official squad:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Rubio Velasco and Pablo Vicente
Defense: David Garrido, Miguel Ángel Molina, Raúl Torres, José Infantes , Ignacio Fernández, Alejandro, Pérez, Rafael de las Heras and José Izquierdo
Midfield: Adama Guira, Ramón Borriel, Óscar Arpón, Gregory Lionel, Cervero, Aitor Monroy, Mario Gibanel, Iñaki Sáenz and José Manuel López Gaspar
Forward: Adolfo Moyano, Álvaro del Moral and José Antonio García Osado

Valencia CF Technical:
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line up: Guaita; Bruno, Maduro, Dealbert, Alba; Pablo, Albelda, Tino, Vicente; Isco, Soldado.
Tactics: Low frequency crosses from the wings, positional changes from the 3 attacking midfielders, very high defensive line, low opposing field pressure, high zone defensive midfielder.
With Isco in the line-up Emery will chance his tactics considerably, this match gives him the perfect opportunity for that. We are going to see more direct play with short passing, low number of crosses and center penetration. The defensive midfielder will be positioned much higher, as well as the defensive wall in order to dominate the midfield.

Result prediction:
Valencia CF 4-1 UD Logrones
Valencia will absolutely trash Logroens, they are going to lead with 4 goals to null, will get relaxed too much and concede one goal from the opposition.