Saturday, August 25, 2012

Valencia CF vs Deportivo La Coruna Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Deportivo La Coruna
Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 26.98.2012; 23:00 CET
2nd matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Mauricio Pellegrino and Jose Luis Oltra

Valencia CF
Valencia CF are coming to this match after a hard earned draw against defending Spanish champions Real Madrid and would be looking to win this match to continue on the good starting result. The coach and players know that anything but a win against Deportivo La Coruna would mean the hard fought draw against Real Madrid would have been for nothing.

Valencia CF strengthened the squad this summer with the arrival of few quality new players such as Joao Pereira, Sergio Canales, Andres Guardado who comes from Deportivo La Coruna and was their top players the last few seasons, as well as fresh from the oven signing Aly Cissokho who will compete for the left back slot with Jeremy Mathieu. That said Valencia CF also lost few good players, namely Jordi Alba, Mehet Topal, Aritz Aduriz and right now there is a looming possibility Valencia CF would loose Pablo Hernandez to Swansea AFC. Paco Alcacer future at least for this season is uncertain as well, as he might be loaned out to Getafe CF in order to get more playing time there, though right now its not clear at all what will happen.

With the first and hard obstacle now behind, new Valencia CF coach would be more relaxed and confident coming into this match, after all Valencia CF just drew against Real Madrid and at their home terrain nonetheless. Having done well last match its likely Pellegrino will start with the exact same squad against Deportivo as well, after all why change it if it ain't broken.

One small change he might make is start Daniel Parejo in place of Tino Costa, though that is unlikely as well. Other change might be the possible inclusion of Adil Rami in place of either Costa or Ruiz, though with a match against FC Barcelona coming up just a week later, its likely he will play the same defensive duo in order to get match experience and get accustomed with each other.

Valencia CF squad:
Diego Alves, Vicente Guaita.
Defenders: Joao Pereira, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu.
Midfielders: Albelda, Gago, Parejo, Tino Costa, Feghouli, Bernat, Guardado, Viera.
Forwards: Jonas, Valdez, Soldado.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1

Line-up: Alves; Pereira, Costa, Ruiz, Mathieu; Gago, Tino; Feghuoli Jonas, Guardado; Soldado.
Tactics: High defensive line, own half pressure, high frequency wing attacks, mixed passing, doubling down in attack.

Deportivo La Coruna
Deportivo La Coruna are coming to this match after a hard fought victory against Osasuna in their first official match of the new season. Deportivo La Coruna just returned from segunda division after finishing first place last season and it was actually Valencia CF that beat Deportivo in their last match 2 seasons ago and send them to the second league. Of course you can't really blame Valencia CF, Emery back then said we are going to play our normal football as we don't want to be unfair to the other teams trying to avoid relegation. So Deportivo La Coruna has only itself to blame for their poor performances over that season, although I know the last match always sticks in everybody's head, so I guess Deportivo is going to want a revenge against Valencia CF.

Another reason and one more current why Deportivo La Coruna might want revenge is the loss of Andres Guardado to Valencia CF. Valencia CF reached out to Guardado last year and reached a personal agreement with the player, he rejected offers for renewal with Deportivo La Coruna and signed for Valencia CF this summer as a free agent. So in that sense they might want to inflict some serious pain to Valencia CF by beating them this weekend and getting a double revenge.

One of the more recognizable names that they also lost on a free transfer is Diego Colotto, though they did get Andre Santos on a loan deal from Sporting, Nelson Oliveira from Benfica for about 600k euros and former Valencia CF defender Carlos Marchena on a free transfer from Villarreal. They've done pretty good in the transfer market this season for their objectives this season, which would be to avoid relegation.

Deportivo coach Jose is likely to field the exact same squad he fielded against Osasuna that won him that match 2-0, I haven't heard about any injuries so I expect the same squad, with possibly Nelson Oliveira starting instead of Riki.

Deportivo La Coruna squad:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Aranzubia, German Lux.
Defenders: Manuel Pablo, Marchena, Aythami, Evaldo, Ayoze.
Midfielders: André Santos, Álex Bergantiños, Juan Dominguez, Abel Aguilar Bruno Gama, Pizzi, Camuñas, Valerón
Forwards: Riki and Nélson Oliveira

Technical Details Deportivo La Coruna (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Aranzubia; Pablo, Marchena, Aythami, Evaldo; Juan, Aguilar; Bruno, Valeron, Pizzi; Oliveira.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, counter attacks, mostly long passing, doubling down defense.

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 2-0 Deportivo La Coruna
Valencia CF had a good start to the season with a draw against Real at the Bernabeu, so the team will like to build on that result and get the 3 points, especially since the team plays its first match in the new season in front of their own fans at the Mestalla. That said Deportivo La Coruna would like to continue the good start as well and get at least a draw at their visit to the Mestalla, possibly stun Valencia CF on the counter attack.

Valencia CF has a lot of quality and talent and with the left wing strengthened by former Deportivo player Guardado we should expect a win here. We still haven't seen what the team is capable off and this is an opportunity to show us. I expect Valencia CF to score two goals, one by Soldado and one by Guardado, while defending nicely any counter attacks Deportivo tries.