Saturday, December 8, 2012

CA Osasuna vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Valencia CF is going to have its first match under the new coach Ernesto Valverde and as I've already said I don't expect miracles. The team made a step forward with the Champions League win over Lille, but while Valencia CF controlled the match in the first half and was the better team, the second half belonged to Lille and we were lucky to escape with the victory, thanks in part to Guaita who made several great saves. The point I'm trying to make here is that Valencia CF barely created few chances the whole match and in fact I think Valencia only had 2 shots on goal the whole match, that is just absolutely unacceptable.

Ernesto Valverde has only had 2 training sessions with the team and the first one was mostly talking to the team and getting to know them, while the second more technical, but whether its a win, loss or draw today it won't be Velverde's result, in fact I expect to see only some minimal changes next week and then bigger changes and differences 2-3 weeks later or January to be more precise.

CA Osasuna have been rather good this season and have had some very good results recently, and they are one of the toughest teams to play on their home terrain, so its going to be a very demanding and tough match today for Valencia CF, considering the form at away matches, on paper this looks like a certain loss for Valencia, but I'm hoping with the change of coaches it may had destroyed that mental barrier that "we can't win at away matches".

As far as injuries go Joao Pereira has been left out of the squad, so has Cissokho and I have no clue if he is injured or not, possibly just tired I suppose as he has been playing pretty much all of the matches from Spanish League games to Champions League games. In fact our defensive line is very thin as Ruiz is also injured, he got injured in the last match against Lille and he will be out for 2 weeks, so that leaves Valencia with only 2 central defenders until January and possibly longer.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Guaita, Felipe Ramos.
Defenders: Barragan, Ricardo Costa, Rami, Gaya.
Midfielders: Albelda, Gago, Parejo, Éver, T.Costa, Viera,  Guardado, Bernat, Feghouli.
Attack: Piatti, Jonas, Valdez, Soldado.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Barragan, Rami, R. Costa, Gaya; Gago, Tino Costa; Feghuoli, Jonas, Guardado; Soldado.
Tactics: High defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, mostly wing crosses.