Sunday, October 7, 2012

UD Levante vs Valencia CF Match Preview

UD Levante vs Valencia CF Match Preview
Stadium: Ciutat de València
Date: 07.10.2012; 12:00 CET
7th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Juan Ignacio Martínez and Mauricio Pellegrino

UD Levante
UD Levante are coming to this match after two consecutive losses, first a big 4-0 loss at the hands of Osasuna away and then a 2-1 loss to German outfit Hannover 96 in the Europa League also in an away match. Before these two matches Levante is a mixed bag, they managed to get a draw against Atletico Madrid in their opening game and went on to loose three games and won 2 games.

Right now Levante are sitting 14th on the Spanish table with only 7 points out of 6 matches, 7 scored goals and 13 conceded goals. Even with this little matches you can clearly see that their defense is their main problem. I don't believe that all of a sudden they can't play, but I think it has to do with discipline, concentration and motivation. Last season qualification for the Europa League may have hit them on the head  and are having a slow start to the season.

UD Levante squad: to be announced...

Valencia CF
Valencia CF on the other hand are coming to this match after two consecutive wins one in the Spanish league against Real Zaragoza and one against Lille in the Champions league, both won two goals to zero. As such this is a perfect opportunity for Valencia CF to close the gap with the top 6 clubs and catch up for the Champions league competition slots, of course only if Valencia CF wins.

If Valencia CF looses this match its going to be a devastating loss and it may engage the panic mode within the board and fans, after all right now Valencia CF only has 8 points and tough start or not its not going to matter, especially since we lost points to Deportivo La Coruna and Mallorca. So this is a big must win match for several reasons, not to mention Mauricio Pellegrino job security. No coach wants to work under pressure and there will be pressure if Valencia loose this match.

A bit of good news is that Mathieu is back with the squad, though he is not very likely to start as he may lack fitness, also Banega is closer and clsoer to getting fit and may possibly be included in the squad towards the end of this month.  No new injuries have occurred so that is always good, especially since the crisis we've had with injuries this past month.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Guaita.
Defenders: Barragán, Joao Pereira, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Carlos Delgado, Cissokho and Mathieu.
Midfielders: Gago, Tino Costa, Parejo, Guardado, Viera and Bernat.
Forwards: Jonas, Valdez and Soldado.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-4-2
Line-up: Guaita; Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho; Guardado, Tino, Gago, Viera; Jonas, Soldado.
Tactics: High defensive line, all round pressure, mixed passing, wing attacks mostly.

Result Prediction:
UD Levante 1-3 Valencia CF
I expect an easy big win against Levante. Historically we've always done well against them, we have the better squad, Valencia CF is in better form than them and Levante are having some defensive troubles having conceded 13 goals. So I fully expect a bigger win, something like 3-1 for Valencia CF.