Friday, September 23, 2011

Sevilla FC vs Valencia CF - Match Preview

Sevilla FC vs Valencia CF
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
September 24th 2011, 18:00CET
6th matchday, La Liga
Expected Attendance: 42.000
Coaches: Marcelino García Toral and Unai Emery

Valencia CF is in its toughest week or so as far as I can remember back. Before the match against FC Barcelona just 3 days earlier, Valencia CF played Sporting Gijon just 4 days before the Barca match. And if the match against Barcelona wasn't hard enough we now face Sevilla FC and after that once again just 4 days later we face Chelsea FC in the Champions League. So over 11 days Valencia CF is to play 4 matches against 3 top clubs. Good thing is that two are down with good success rate, two to go.
Valencia CF had a great match against Barcelona and deserved to win no doubt about it as it was the far better side of the first half. Soldado had the amazing chance to put Valencia up 3-1, but unluckily he missed from less than 1 meter. Of course Valencia CF had other opportunities and also started the second half with more dangerous attacks and it wasn't until the 70th minute when Valencia tempo slowed down and Barcelona started to dominate and had their best chances of the match, including a goal.
Overall Valencia CF has had a good season so far and is currently first place in the league, but its only the beginning of the season and Valencia CF must keep its momentum.

Sevilla FC is coming to this match after a fairly good start to the season and have had a two difficult matches themselves against Malaga and Villarreal in which they managed to draw 2-2 away from home. Sevilla FC have 8 points from 4 matches and are capable of beating Valencia CF as history can testify if.

They have the same core team from last season and they are experienced and great players that know their football and with a new coach they are reinvigorated this season. Its obvious that they are a top level club as they managed to beat Malaga at the start of the season, who sports some big talent now, then went on to draw with Villarreal on the road. A bit of a bummer for them would be their latest match in which they only managed to draw with Osasuna, the team that lost 8-0 to Barcelona just few days earlier.
The biggest changes in the transfer were the departure of central defender Didier Zokora and the arrival of striker Manu Del Moral  from Getafe. Other than those two they had quite a bit of changes overall, but mostly fringe players, except for probably Diego Capel.

Negredo is curently the top scorer for Srvilla as can be expected and he is in good form, as shown from his club matches for which he was called for the Spain team where he showed his good form as well scoring some goals and helping out Spain.

Sevilla FC squad:
Goalkeepers: Andrés Palop, Javi Varas
Defenders: Coke Andújar, Martín Cáceres, Alexis Ruano, Emir Spahić, Julien Escudé, Fernando Navarro
Midfielders: Jesús Navas, Emiliano Armenteros, Diego Perotti, Gary Medel, Ivan Rakitić, Piotr Trochowski, José Campaña
Forwards: Manu del Moral, Álvaro Negredo, Frédéric Kanouté

Valencia CF on the other hand is coming to this match as second place on the table and after a great match with Barcelona, having competed with them and beat them at their own game for 70 minutes of the match. Of course then changes were made and players got tired and Barcelona dominated the last 20 minutes, but I'd say winning against Barcelona for 70 minutes is whats the main story here. Soldado even had an amazing chance to put Valencia up 3-1, but he missed a sitter from less than 1 meter.
If you havent seen the match go see as it was great football, great spectacle and you are missing a lot.

Unai Emery decided to change the squad up for this match and rest few players like Pablo Hernandez and Miguel Brito, while Jordi Alba is suspended and David Albelda injured and will be out for at least a week.
In their place Emery brought Barragan, Feghuoli, Parejo and Ricardo Costa. Basically all but Costa have not had their debut in La Liga yet and this could be their best chance to make it. 

We should not forget that after this match Valencia have an even difficult opponent just 4 days later in the Champions League where we face Chelsea and our former player until a month ago Juan Mata. So Emery should probably rest the strongest players for that Match and give the other players some playing time.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Vicente Guaita, Diego Alves
Defenders: Antonio Barragán, Bruno Saltor, Adil Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Ricardo Costa, Jérémy Mathieu
Midfielders: Hedwiges Maduro, Tino Costa, Éver Banega, Dani Parejo, Pablo Piatti, Sergio Canales, Sofiane Feghouli
Forwards: Roberto Soldado, Jonas Gonçalves, Aritz Aduriz

Technical Details Sevilla FC (probable setups):
Formation: 4-4-2
Line-up: Javi Varas; Navarro, Alexis, Escude, Caceres; Navas, Medel, Rakitic, Peroti; Negredo, Kanoute.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own third closing down, mixed passing, high frequency wing attacks with mostly crosses from the wings.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Barragan, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu; Maduro, Tino; Feghuoli, Canales, Piatti; Aduriz;
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, high frequency wing attacks, counter attacks, mixed  passing. 

Result Prediction:
Sevilla FC 0-1 Valencia CF
Sevilla have been quite shy for goals so far in the season and with Valencia players spening all of their energy against Barcelona I don't think this is going to be a goal fest. I think both teams are going to be equally matched and the defenses will give us the winner and that should be Valencia as I know Alexis is very bad and if he plays we should score.