Saturday, November 24, 2012

Malaga CF vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Malaga CF vs Valencia CF Match Peview
Stadium: La Rosaleda
Date: 24.11.2012; 20:00 CET
13th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Manuel Pellegrini and Mauricio Pellegrino

Malaga CF
Malaga CF started the new 2012/13 season in great fashion winning 3 of the 5 match at the start and drawing the two, before suffering their first defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid. They bounced back after that loss and went to to win their next league match as well as the match against AC Milan at home,before  traveling to Milan and earning a draw, thus qualifying for the next phase in the Champions League.

Since then though they haven't been doing as well, especially if we look at the Spanish League. In fact Malaga CF haven't won a single match in their last 4 games and have only earned 5 points out of possible 15 in their last 5 matches. It seems that the full schedule has caught up to Malaga CF and their squad's lack of depth is proving to be trouble.

That said Malaga CF coach Pellegrino has been resting few of the crucial members in the last Champions League match like Portillo, Joaquin and Isco so they are fresh for tonight's match against Valencia CF. Pellegrino has favored the 4-2-3-1 system with Malaga CF with Eliseu and Joaquin on the wings, Isco just behind the striker and usually Saviola as the sole striker and that has given them good results, though he has changed up the formation at times when facing tougher opposition.

Malaga CF squad: Kameni, Jesús Gámez, Weligton, Demichelis, Camacho, Joaquín, Toulalan, Saviola, Seba, Willy, Iturra, Duda, Eliseu, Portillo, Buonanotte, Isco, Onyewu and Santa Cruz.

Technical Details Malaga CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Kameni; Jesus, Demichelis, Weligton, Eliseu; Toulan, Camacho; Joaquin, Isco, Portillo; Saviola.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own third pressure, counter attacks, mostly short passing and wing attacks.

Valencia CF
Valencia CF on the other hand is coming off a great match against Bayern Munich in which the team was able to fight off Bayern Munich with 10 men and earn a draw, coming close to even winning the match. Before that Valencia CF had a terrible match against Espanyol in which the team won, but the play was terrible and this whole season has been its hot and its cold, its good play and its bad play, where the good play mostly happens at home terrain where the team is able to win and then the bad play on away matches where Valencia CF is yet to win a single match. In fact Valencia CF has lost 4 times on away matches and drew twice. At home on the other hand Valencia CF has won 5 times and drew once.

Is the current tide, the current flow going to change in tonight's match against Malaga CF and will Valencia CF have its first and might I add big win in the Spanish League, I certainly hope so and that would be a great step in the right direction, a step in kicking out Malaga CF from the Champions League positions and surging forward chasing Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Fernando Gago was supposedly injured as he didn't feature in Bayern Munich because of his injury, but is said to be fine and in fact he is in the squad to face Malaga. Back in the squad also is Pablo Piatti after a string of injuries kept him out of contention for over 2 months, but now he is back. Due to suspension Victor Ruiz and Roberto Soldado are going to miss the match and Pellegrino has said that he is likely to start Nelson Haedo Valdez in place of Soldado and he as called up Dalmau from the B team as replacement for Ruiz. Joao Pereira is still injured, so is Jeremy Mathieu and Sergio Canales are obviously still out with long term injuries, though both have had light workouts with the ball.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Vicente Guaita.
Defenders: Antonio Barragán, Dalmau, Adil Rami, Ricardo Costa, Aly Cissokho.
Midfielders: David Albelda, Tino Costa, Fernando Gago, Éver Banega, Daniel Parejo, Sofiane Feghouli, Juan Bernat, Andres Guardado, Pablo Piatti, Jonathan Viera.
Forwards: Jonas Goncalves, Nelson Haedo Valdez.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Diego; Barragan, Rami, R. Costa, Cissokho; Ever, Tino Costa; Feghuoli, Jonas, Guardado; Valdez.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, short passing, mostly crosses.

Result Prediction:
Malaga CF 1-3 Valencia CF
Malaga CF have a short squad that lacks any real depth and this has been felt for the last several matches. Pellegrini has rest his key players in the Champions League, while Valencia played with full strength, but I have a feeling that is not going to be enough for them to beat Valencia CF. In fact I expect Valencia CF to have its first away win this season and beat Malaga CF by 3-1 or even higher. I have a feeling the floodgates are going to open and Malaga CF will get washed up.