Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Real Zaragoza vs Valencia CF - Match Preview

 Real Zaragoza vs Valencia CF
Stadium: La Romareda
26th October, 2011; 20:00CET
10th matchday, La Liga
Expected Attendance: 28.000
Coaches: Javier Aguirre and Unai Emery

Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. is a Spanish association football team from Zaragoza in Spain. Founded on 18 March 1932, Real Zaragoza have spent the majority of their 78 year history in the Spanish top-flight. Real Zaragoza are Spain's 9th highest ranked team in overall league points. They are ranked 6th overall for cup wins with 6 victories in the Copa del Rey, and also have a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (forerunner to the UEFA Cup/Europa League), and a Spanish Supercup.

Real Zaragoza have had a poor start to the season with two losses, two draws and only one win, but they've also had some tough opponents like Real Betis who started magnificently, Malaga who are considered top 4 contenders this season with their big spending in the summer transfer window and have drawn with Villarreal, who although are having a bad time themselves are still a great team.

Zaragoza are currently 14th place on the table with only 9 points and they have the worst defensive record currently so if Valencia CF can't beat the team with the worst defensive record currently with 16 conceded goals its not saying too well about our strength. While their defense is atrocious and worst in the league right now, their attack is actually decent and floats with the rest of the teams.

Real Zaragoza squad: to be announced...

Valencia CF on the other hand are coming to this match after another failure on the weekend in which we only managed a draw and this was basically a rescued draw in the last minutes after Bilbao led for much of the second half. Our attack has been pretty bad this season and it seems like the departure of Mata is really hurting Valencia as right now there is yet to be someone who can step it up on the left wing and provide some much needed attacking threat. Currently the best we have is Mathieu and the fact that he is a left back, but playing as left wing speaks of the limited options Valencia has. Some of our summer purchases haven't turned out as hoped and whether its because they haven't had the time to settle in and/or gel or other it doesn't make the slightest difference as our results would any way still be bad.

The fact that Soldado has also been out of form and unable to score from few meters with an open net is also worrying, with Jonas being of similar form and Aduriz has just not had a full start to show himself and when he's been introduced as a substitution has failed to impress. We also have Paco in the wings, but knowing Emery the chances of him actually starting a match is slim to none.

Valencia also has some bad news from the doctors as Canales will be out at least 3 months with his current injury and this is if he doesn't undergo surgery, but chances are he is going to need surgery and is going to be out for at least 6 months, essentially making the season over for him. With Maduro also out for the next 3 months our options are quite reduced, although we still have depth and maybe this will allow Parejo to get more chances in his preferred position and that is attacking midfielder and not central midfielder where Emery has played him.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Guaita, Diego Alves.
Defenders: Barragán, Víctor Ruiz, Dealbert, Mathieu, Jordi Alba.
Midfielders: Albelda, Topal, Tino Costa, Parejo, Éver, Piatti, Pablo Hernández, Féghouli.
Attackers: Jonas, Soldado, Adúriz.

Technical Details Real Zaragoza (probable setups):
Formation: ?
Line-up: Jimenez; Meira, P. Da Silva, Paredes, Mateos; Ponzio, Barrera, Juarez, Postiga; Luis Garcia, Lafita.
Tactics: Low defensive line, park the bus, crosses and counter attacks.

Technical details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-4-2
Line-up: Guaita; Bruno, Costa Dealbert, Ruiz, Alba; Pablo, Banega, Albelda, Piatti; Jonas, Soldado.
Tactics: High defensive line, all round pressure, mostly flank attacks, mixed passing.

Result prediction:
Real Zaragoza 1-3 Valencia CF
Zaragoza defense is the worst in La Liga and even though our attack is really ineffective right now we should have enough quality to put few in their net. Our defense is going to be shaky with Costa in once again and its likely we are going to concede one goal.