Friday, November 18, 2011

Valencia CF vs Real Madrid - Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Real Madrid
Stadium: Mestalla
19.11.11; 22:00 CET
11th matchday, La Liga
Expected Attendance: 52.000
Coaches: Unai emery and Jose Mourinho

Its that time again in the new season where we face the title chasers and favorites for winning it, the kings club Real Madrid. The matches between Valencia CF and Real Madrid have always been very entertaining and have attracted huge crowds and a lot of viewership not only in Spain, but all over the world.

No doubt this is going to be an interesting clash once again and an entertaining game and in a lot of ways its a measurement for Spanish clubs in recent years to assess their strengths against the giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, but this time will be different though as Valencia CF brought the game to Barcelona when we faced them and managed a strong performance, earning a draw with a chance to have won it. Real Madrid so far look the most solid in La Liga so this will be a sterner test than even Barcelona and a positive showing and result which would include a draw also would be great for the confidence of the players and will enable us to stay up there to Real And Barca.

Unlike Barcelona though all Real Madrid players are in their prime time and have shown better performance this season that the previous ones and with new signings like Coentrao to strengthen the squad even more Real Madrid look very strong. Xabi Alonso is as good as ever, Ronaldo has improved in his overall game and even provides assists now and Benzema has truly become much better.  So unlike Barcelona with aging and diminishing players like Xavi, Abidal, Puyol, Villa, etc... we are going to face a Real Madrid side better than ever.

With all that said Valencia CF is a different team as well and with the defensive duo of Rami and Ruiz as well as the great performances from Mathieu we have a defense better than what we've had in the past 5-6 years and with some re-surging players like Tino Costa, Albelda we have a chance. 

Valencia CF gets 40 million TV rights money, Real Madrid gets 120 million TV rights money. Valencia champions league qualification is considered a success, while for Real Madrid second place in the biggest failure.
The contrast between these two clubs is huge, especially in recent years, but when these two sides meet on the grass what matters is only the performance on the pitch and nothing else.

Head to Head
24/04/2011 SPL Valencia vs Real Madrid
3 - 6
05/12/2010 SPL Real Madrid vs Valencia
2 - 0
19/04/2010 SPL Real Madrid vs Valencia
2 - 0
13/12/2009 SPL Valencia vs Real Madrid
2 - 3
10/05/2009 SPL Valencia vs Real Madrid
3 - 0
21/12/2008 SPL Real Madrid vs Valencia
1 - 0
18/08/2008 Spain Super Valencia vs Real Madrid
3 - 2
01/11/2007 SPL Valencia vs Real Madrid
1 - 5
27/11/2006 SPL Valencia vs Real Madrid
0 - 1
24/10/2005 SPL Real Madrid vs Valencia
1 - 2
23/10/2004 SPL Real Madrid vs Valencia
1 - 0

Valencia CF is coming to this match after two good wins in the Spanish league and champions league. In the last match against Levante Tino Costa had an amazing match providing an assist and scoring the second goal. With Banega injured for at least 3 weeks, its up to Tino Costa to organize the midfield and link-up play, Emery has told him to step up his game and he did it against Levante, but this is Real Madrid and he will need to step up his game once again over his stepping up previously.

Valencia is currently third on the table and close within Real and Barca and getting a positive result in this match will do wonders. At this point there are no new injuries and Emery can choose from pretty much of of the squad.

Valencia CF squad: to be announced...

Real Madrid is coming to this match after several convincing victories including a 7-1 mauling of Osasuna, so they will be full on confidence. Cristiano Ronaldo had a little injury scare, but he is reported to be recovered and will feature for Real Madrid. Di Maria is an unknown and Kaka is I believe still inured so we are at least not going to see him. To remind everyone Kaka was the main player to destroy Valencia last season in the second match between these two teams.

Real Madrid squad: to be announced...

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Miguel, Rami, Ruiz, Mathieu; Albelda, Tino; Feghuoli; Jonas, Alba; Soldado.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, double left side cover, high frequency wing attacks, counter attacks, mixed passing.

Technical Details Real Madrid (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
Tactics: low defensive line, all round pressure, interchangeable left side, long shots.

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 1-3 Real Madrid
Lets be real here we are going to loose and loose badly. We are going to be defending most of the time and concede two goals, we are going to get lucky on the counter attack and score one back, but Real will take control and completely dominate and score a third goal to put the game to rest.