Saturday, January 14, 2012

Valencia CF vs Real Sociedad - Match Preview

Valencia CF will welcome Real Sociedad tonight at 22:00 hours central eastern time at the Mestalla for what is going to be a very interesting match. Valencia CF is coming to this game after a hard fought victory against Sevilla and even though they lost the game Valencia went on to the next round of the Copa Del Rey because of aggregate away goal rule victory.

Real Sociedad has historically been a preferable opponent and Valencia has great results against them, so this coupled with the fact that the team just played in the Copa, Unai Emery will likely field a completely different team and rest few key players.

Judging from the training Emery is going to start with Aduriz, because Soldado is suspended for this match at the front, Parejo just behind Aduriz, Topal and Tino on the places of Albelda and Banega, Piatti on the left wing replacing Mathieu and Pablo on the right wing replacing Feghuoli.

The back line is going to change as well with Ruiz out of the squad and it wouldn't surprise me to see Dealbert start, as there has been talk that Ricardo Costa is on his way out of the club in the winter transfer market. Bruno is likely to take Miguel's place as the right back and we may also see Guaita on goal if he has recovered.

With Soldado out of the team through suspension, Emery has called up Paco Alcacer and hopefully we'll see him play tonight, he certainly deserves it and needs the experience.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Guaita, Diego Alves.
Defenders: Bruno, Barragán, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Dealbert, Mathieu, Jordi Alba.
Midfielders: Topal, Tino Costa, Éver, Dani Parejo, Pablo, Feghouli, Piatti.
Forwards: Jonas, Alcácer, Aduriz.