Thursday, March 8, 2012

Valencia CF vs PSV Eindhoven - Match Preview

Valencia CF vs PSV Eindhoven
Stadium: Camp Nou
8th, March, 2012; 21:05CET
R16, leg 1, Europa League
Expected Attendance: 52.000
  Coaches: Unai Emery and Fred Rutten

Valencia CF is coming to this match after a long and much needed win against Granada, that puts the team back to the front seat to clinch 3rd place again this season. The performance against Granada wasn't great and our team was overrun and outplayed, but the team was defensively solid and prevented Granada from scoring.
Tino Costa has especially been performing poorly for the past month now and Daniel Parejo is going to start ahead of Tino as he and Unai Emery held a press conference and the coach pretty much confirmed it.

The team is full and apart from the long term injuries everyone is fit and ready to play. Last time Valencia CF played PSV Eindhoven was this past summer in their first friendly match and Valencia CF easily beat PSV I believe 2-0. This time is going to be different though and PSV Eindhoven will prove more of a challenge and its probably going to be a very tough match.

Valencia CF squad:
  • Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Vicete Guaita.
  • Defenders: Barragán, Ricardo Costa, Víctor Ruiz, Adil Rami, Mathieu, Jordi Alba.
  • Midfielders: Albelda, Tino Costa, Parejo, Pablo Hernández, Feghouli, Pablo Piatti, Bernat.
  • Attackers: Jonas, Aduriz, Roberto Soldado.

PSV Eindhoven on the other hand are coming off from a miserable 6-2 loss by their rivals FC Twente at the Phillips Stadium, their fierce title competitor. With the loss Twente are now in third place with only 1 point behind Twente and 2 points above Ajax. PSV are in a 4 way race for the Championship and that is likely to be the case till the end. Last season PSV finished 3rd behind the likes of FC Twente and AFC Ajax

PSV Eindhoven is a club with rich history and while its usually overshadowed by the likes of Ajax its one of the best teams in the Dutch league and has produced a lot of great footballing names like Jaap Stam, Phillip Cocu, Ruud Van Nistelroy, Mark Van Bommel, Ajren Robben and so on... The team has got a very long and rich history, it was founded in 31 August 1913.

PSV most lethal players are Dries Mertens and Ola Toivonen with 16 and 15 goals respectively. PSV are very attacking minded team and have scored 62 goals in the Dutch league, but their defense is only average.

PSV Eindhoven squad: to be announced...

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Diego; Bruno, Rami, Ruiz, Alba; Topal, Parejo; Pablo, Jonas, Piatti; Soldado.
Tactics: High defensive line, all round pressure, interchangeable attacking trio, mixed passing.

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 2-1 PSV Eindhoven
Valencia CF is playing at home and after the win against Granada the tension will be reduced and the players will play more freely and easily, thus allowing them to grind out a win. PSV have a strong attack and are likely to score one goal as well.

 Betting odds:
Valencia 1.50
draw 3.30
PSV 5.00