Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CA Osasuna vs Valencia CF Match Preview

For those out of the loop wondering why I'm writing a preview for Osasuna vs Valencia CF again when the teams played last weekend, the answer is the clubs meet again this time in the Copa Del Rey.

Last match in the Spanish league Valencia CF were able to win 1-0 over Osasuna and achieve their first win in an away match this season and that was Valencias new coach Ernesto Valverde first win as well.

If you've read my match report you would have found out that the team played good football and were in control of proceedings for most of the match and unlike some of the teams previous matches they were able to create quite few chances and opportunities, which unluckily weren't converted.

Since then Valverde has had several training sessions with the team and would be in a better position to translate what the wants and expects of the team, though he has made it clear in his interviews that he wants attacking football and for Valencia CF to always go for the win. We'll see how that translates on the terrain, but I'd be very happy if I see the team playing good attacking football and especially winning with it.

Since the last match Valencia has had few injuries pop up, such as Gago who spend a total of two minutes in last match before getting injured and hes been ruled out for a month, Ruiz as you probably already know is also out for a month of close to it, while Joao Pereira is still recovering as well, though he should be available within a week. Vicente Guaita has also complained about an injury, though he may be ready to play.

So with that in mind, Valverde has been forced to bring in some more players in the squad and send some home and chance have gotten Quiantilla and Gaya from the B team. Valverde said in the press conference that he is going to change up the squad a little and he is likely to rest Ricardo Costa and Soldado and give other players a chance.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Barragan, Rami, Quiantilla, Cissokho; Albelda, Tino Costa; Piatti, Banega, Bernat; Jonas.
Tactics: High defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, mostly wing crosses.