Friday, September 16, 2011

Sporting Gijon vs Valencia CF - Match Preview

Sporting Gijon vs Valencia CF
Stadium: El Molinón
September 17th, 2011; 18:00CET
4th matchday, La Liga
Expected attendance: 29.000
Coaches: Manuel Preciado and Unai Emery

Sporting Gijon will host Valencia CF this Sunday at their El Molinon stadium in this seasons 4th La Liga matchday. 
Sporting Gijon and Valencia CF have quite the history in recent years as Valencia CF has not been able to really beat Sporting Gijon too much. In fact these two clubs have played so many draws over the past years its really surreal. 

This just shows us that this is going to be a really tough match for Valencia and the players would have to give 100% percent and be really focused if they are to win this match. The problem is though that Valencia has 3 matches in 8 days coming up from 18th this month to 24th this month and its really hard competition against FC Barcelona and Sevilla.

So is Emery going to rest some players or is he going to make some kind of changes for example maybe give Maduro a chance and change the defense or maybe even try a 4-4-2 formation to go more aggressively in this match and try and win it early, its very hard to say.

Head to Head
Feb 19, 2011Valencia CF0 : 0Real Sporting de GijónPrimera Division
Sep 25, 2010Real Sporting de Gijón0 : 2Valencia CFPrimera Division
Feb 13, 2010Real Sporting de Gijón1 : 1Valencia CFPrimera Division
Sep 20, 2009Valencia CF2 : 2Real Sporting de GijónPrimera Division
Apr 12, 2009Real Sporting de Gijón2 : 3Valencia CFPrimera Division

Sporting Gijon is also known as Rojiblancos because of their red and white striped jerseys, their home ground is El Molinón stadium, the oldest professional football ground in Spain, in use since at least 1908.
Sporting de Gijón is chronologically the sixth-oldest club in La Liga 2010-11. The club ranks 15th in the official All-Time La Liga table and is one out of nine clubs in Spanish football to have never played below the second tier.

Sporting Gijon is coming to this match after two losses in La Liga at the hands of Osasuna and Real Sociedad and they are sitting in 19th position on the table right now. Against Real Sociedad they played at home and lost 2-1 and against Osasuna they played away and lost with the same result 2-1. This is certainly not the best start for them, but its to be expected they are relegation status team this season by many, but this shouldn't make it any easier to Valencia CF as Gijon always knows how to take points against us and no matter how bad they've played in past matches they are going to give Valencia CF a run for their money.

Sporting Gijon had an uneventful transfer window this summer and only brought 3 new players, with Ricardo Leon coming free, the other 2 for minimal transfer fees and they also had 1 player return from loan. They had 5 players leave their team and two of those players are Diego Castro and Jose Angel, two great players and this certainly weakens Gijon but again this shouldn't affect them much.
All in all I would say they are a bit weakened with the transfers they've done, but their core team is still there and maybe the new reinforcements will step up and really prove valuable to Sporting Gijon.

Sporting Gijon squad:
Goalkeepers: Juan Pablo, Iván Cuéllar
Defenders: Damián Suárez, Alberto Botía, Alberto Lora, Grégory Arnolin, Pedro Orfila, Roberto Canella
Midfielders: André Castro, Alberto Rivera, Ayoze García, Sebastián Eguren, Sergio Álvarez, Miguel de las Cuevas, Óscar Trejo
Forwards: Nacho Novo, Gastón Sangoy, David Barral

Valencia CF on the other hand are coming to this match sitting in second position on the table having beat Racing Santander in a thriller match 4-3 and then having beaten Atletico Madrid in a very tough match last week 1-0. Right now we are on equal point with Real Madrid, but its basically the beginning of the season so it doesn't mean much, but still if Valencia CF keeps itself in the top 3 for the first 5-6 games it would give momentum to finish better than last season.

Its going to be very hard staying with maximum points though as we face Sporting Gijon this Sunday and if we look at the history Valencia CF doesn't have too much luck in these encounters and we have 3 draws and 2 wins, but its even worse if we look at our 10 year history with Gijon, so there is no doubt they have been one of our toughest opponents in the last decade and have managed to steal a lot of points from us, considering they are one of those relegation fighting teams much of the time..

Valencia CF also comes from a disappointing draw against KRC Genk in the Champions League and the overall play wasn't that good either. Apart from a lot of possession we didn't manage to threaten their goal too much and only had two good chances to score, but failed to utilize them.

This is a tough match to predict in any sense, result wise, but also tactics wise as Valencia CF are facing Barcelona next and then just few days later Sevilla. So there is a question is Emery going to rest some players, will Tino costa play or will he be rested once again for Barcelona or will Soldado start again, what about the defense will Emery give a chance to Dealbert and Costa at the back. Its really tough because if he bring a B squad we may just draw or worse as we've seen with Genk, but if he comes out with the best squad will they not be tired for the next 2 matches against Barcelona and Sevilla who are just few days apart?

There was some bad news for Valencia CF as we've found out that Topal was injured on the shoulder in the match against Genk and will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. This means he certainly misses the next 3 matches.

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

Technical Details Sporting Gijon (probable setups):
Formation: ?
Line-up: Juan Pablo; Canella, Suarez, Botia, Hernandez, Castro, De Las Cuevas, Lora, Rivera, Alvarez, Barral, Sangoy.
Tactics: Low defensive line, park the bus, crosses and counter attacks.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Bruno, Rami, Ruiz, Alba; Albelda, Tino; Pablo, Canales, Piatti; Aduriz.
Tactics: High defensive line, all round pressure, interchangeable attacking trio, mixed passing.

Result Prediction:
Sporting Gijon 0-1 Valencia CF
As history shows us this is going to be a very tough match and Gijon are most likely going to be very tough to crack. Having said that they've had a pretty weak start to La Liga and if Valencia CF scores a goal early we may just see a trashing.