Sunday, March 11, 2012

Valencia CF vs RCD Mallorca - Match Preview

Valencia CF is coming to this match after a pretty good win over PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League and while the team could have managed to have a 4 goals lead going into Holland, the match ended 4-2 and Valencia CF has 2 goals lead for the second leg. First though Valencia CF face RCD Mallorca in the Spanish league and need to get a victory today in order to create a distance over few rivals who are mounting assault on the 3rd position like Atletico Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and even Malaga and Levante.

Malaga are now in 4th position after beating Levante yesterday and are only 3 points behind us, so this is a key match and one Valencia must win. Failure to win and this can put Valencia's cherished 3rd position in question and we can all agree that automatic qualification to the Champions League is a must.

Valencia CF coach Unai Emery has pretty much all players available and for the first time in quite a while Emery has taken Hedwiges Maduro in the team, after a long pause because of an injury. Bruno is also back in the squad and is likely to start over Barragan. Bernat was also with Emery holding a press conference before the match, so we might see Juan Bernat start for Valencia CF, in what would be his second start.

Valencia CF squad:
  • Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Guaita.
  • Defense: Barragán, Bruno, Dealbert, Maduro, Rami, Mathieu, Jordi Alba.
  • Midfield: Albelda, Tino Costa, Topal, Parejo, Feghouli, Piatti, Bernat.
  • Attackers: Jonas, Aduriz, Soldado.
Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Bruno, Rami, Dealbert, Alba; Topal, Tino Costa; Feghuoli, Jonas, Bernat; Soldado.
Tactics: High defensive line, all round pressure, interchangeable attacking trio, mixed passing.

Technical Details RCD Mallorca (probable setups):
Formation: 4-4-2
Line-up: D. Aouate; Jose Nunes, Ramis, Caceres, Chico; Pereira, Marti, Gonzalo Castro, Victor; Alfaro, Nsue.
Tactics: Low defensive line, wing attacks, crosses and counter attacks.
Valencia CF 2-0 RCD Mallorca
I have a feeling that after the good match against PSV Valencia CF is going to win and I think the team will score two goals, one in each half.
Betting odds:
Valencia 1.30
draw 3.00
Mallorca 9.00