Sunday, October 23, 2011

Valencia CF vs Athletic Bilbao - Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Athletic Bilbao
Stadium: Mestalla
23 October, 2011; 20:00CET
9th matchday, La Liga
Expected Attendance: 36.000
Coaches: Unai Emery and Marcelo Biesla

So Valencia CF is in sort of a mini crisis right now, with the last two matches now going the way we would have liked them to go. This is a chance for Valencia CF to go back on track and start winning again and especially important will be how goof our attack will be.

Valencia CF as I've mentioned in the opening has not done very well in the last two matches with stalling a little bit in La Liga and having lower chances to go through the Champions league group stages, although not impossible.

Valencia CF will be without central defender Adil Rami for the first time this season after he was send off in the last match for insulting the referee and he is suspended for two matches. Out of this match will also be Albelda who is probably a little bit fatigued after playing few matches in a row without rest. 

Valencia CF is currently in fifth position on the table with 14 points from 7 matches and with a win tonight we will go to either third or fourth depending on Levante's result.
Right now the biggest problem for Valencia CF is the inability to score and other time the inability to create chances. So its a weird problem because when the team creates a ton of chances no one seems able to score and then other times we just plain don't create any chances. So right now Emery has had enough time to work with the squad and hopefully some of the attacking issues will be resolved.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Guaita, Diego Alves.
Defenders: Miguel, Bruno, Ricardo Costa, Víctor Ruiz, Jordi Alba, Mathieu.
Midfielders: Topal, Tino Costa, Éver, Pablo, Feghouli, Piatti.
Forwards: Jonas, Canales, Adúriz, Soldado.

Athletic Bilbao is an association football club from Bilbao in Biscay, Spain. The club has played in the Primera División of La Liga since its start in 1928. They have won La Liga on eight occasions. In the historical classification of La Liga Athletic Bilbao are in 4th place and one of only three clubs which have never been relegated from La Liga (the others being Real Madrid and Barcelona). The club also has a women's team, which has won four championships in the Spanish Superliga.

Athletic Bilbao had quite the terrible start to the season under their new coach as they tried to play a different football than what they played last season and went from mostly long balls and crosses with strong physical play to a more finesse, short passing style of play this season. The results so far tell a bad story, although Bilbao have been on the upraise in their last two matches having won against Osasuna and Sociedad.

Athletico Bilbao squad: to be announced... 

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
I feel like we are going to score more than one goal for a change and this season we play better at home anyways, so I expect a 2-0 or 2-1 win, probably 2-1 because I won't trust our defense that much with Ricardo Costa and Ruiz.