Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Valencia CF vs Villareal CF Match Preview

Valencia host Villareal for the first Copa Del Rey match from the 16th finals. The series are expected to be very entertaining, but also very tough for both sides as both sides are playing food football at the moment.
Villareal are small favorites to go through to the next round, but Valencia showed that they can cope with Villareal even away from home. Valencia will thus want to win in this first encounter and than probably defend like they already did when they face Villareal on the away trip and achieve that way a positive result.

Valencia had not played too good the last 2 matches, one they didn't have luck at all and the last against Real Sociedad they really had luck to pull of a victory from the hands of draw.

Valencia has a bit of a problem with goalkeeper Cezar Sanchez and his age finally started to show as he has not been able to stay fit and stable for more than a month now and as soon as he recovers he gets another injury. Luckally Guaita has been doing quite well, though he needs to iron out some mistakes and will need more experience.

Valencia CF squad:  
Goalkeepers: Vicente Guaita, Saúl Figueroa
Defenders: Miguel Brito, Bruno Saltor, Ricardo Costa, Marius Stankevičius, Ángel Dealbert, Jordi Alba, Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: Hedwiges Madruo, Mehmet Topal, David Albelda, Pablo Hernández, Joaquín Sánchez, Vicente Rodríguez, Juan Mata
Strikers: Artiz Aduriz, Roberto Soldado

Villareal CF on the other side are coming off from a 3-1 win over Mallorca and are showing week in, week out that they are a force to be reckoned with. They are currently the only team that is able to even slightly keep up with Real Madrid and Barcelona and are in the poll position for a 3rd place finish at the end of the season.
Valencia has a big mountain to climb with Villareal and its almost mission impossible, but if they manage to conquer this mountain they will come out stronger.

Villareal CF squad: 
Goalkeepers: Diego López, Juan Carlos
Defenders: Ángel López, Joan Capdevila, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Mateo Musacchio, José Catalá, Mario
Midfielders: Marco Senna, Bruno Soriano, Borja Valero, Cani, Santo Cazorla, Jefferson Montero
Strikers: Giuseppe Rossi, Nilmar, Marco Ruben, Jozy Altidore

Valencia CF Technical:
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line up: Guaita; Miguel, Maduro, R. Costa, Alba; Joaquin, Albelda, Banega, Mata, Dominguez; Aduriz.
Tactics: Medium frequency crosses from the wings, positional changes from the 3 attacking midfielders, medium defensive line, high opposing field pressure, long shots.

Valencia play the first match at home and only a victory will guarantee a calm second match so Emery will want to achieve a victory, but with Villareal dangerous attack he is not going to risk it with a full out 4-4-2 formation and will probably play 4-2-3-1 formation that should give Valencia more control of the midfield.

Result prediction:
Valencia CF 2-1 Villareal CF
Valencia need to play calm and control the midfield in order to win, if the players are up to the challenge I can see Valencia scoring two goals, but as usual our defence always finds a way to let at least one goal in, so its going to be a tight match with Valencia just edging Villareal by 2 to 1.