Tuesday, December 4, 2012

OSC Lille vs Valencia CF Match Preview

OSC Lille vs Valencia CF Match Preview
Stadium: Grand Stade Lille Métropole
Date: 05.11.2012; 20:45 CET
                         6th matchday, Champions League

OSC Lille
OSC Lille are coming to this match in bad shape, even more so than from the first match they met Valencia CF in the Champions League. Right now Lille are 10th position on the table and coming off from a draw against Bastia. I've said in my last preview that their troubles were just beginning and it would get worse and I was unfortunately for them right yet again. Thing is Lille lost many of their players in the last two summers and while they were able to still cope last season, this season its proving way more challenging as the reinforcements that came in weren't on pair with the players who left and right now OSC Lille are with a thin squad.

I guess the only thing keeping the team together to the current extent is their coach Rudi Garcia who's done wonders since taking over OSC Lille in 2008, with the greatest point reached in the season 2010/11 when they won the league and cup double, finishing second the next season in a fairly close battle. I believe in time though he would bring the team back on the winning path and can't see anyone doing a better job with Lille than he is.

Their Champions League run hasn't been good either, sitting at the bottom of the table with only 3 points from one win that they achieved against Bate Borisov. Theoretically they have chances to qualify for the Europe league, but that would mean that they have to beat Valencia CF tomorrow and win with a huge goal margin, while Bate Borisov would need to loose to Bayern Munich with a big goal margin as well so that the goal difference is in favor of Lille.

As far as any news on injured players or stuff I don't have any information, while the starting 11 should be the standard, possibly with few changes to reinforce the middle so Valencia CF don't come close to their goal. What is in Lille's favor is that Valencia CF just had a coach change and may be in some disarray so that is the biggest thing Lille have going for them.

OSC Lille squad: ...

Technical Details Lille OSC (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Landreau; Mathieu, Basa, Chedjou, Digne; Gueye, Mavuba; Roux, Marvin, Payet; Bruno
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, counter attacks, mixed passing, reinforced midfield and doubling down in defense.

Valencia CF
Its been quite eventful few days for Valencia CF with the sacking of Mauricio Pellegrino and the appointment of new Valencia CF coach Ernesto Valverde. Apart from that there has been some talk about some players wanting to leave and not being serious about the club, with Valencia CF veteran David Albelda coming out and publicly criticizing the players for lack of commitment and effort, saying that those who want to leave can leave, Soldado also blamed the players for the poor performances and Ricardo Costa has also said that the players need to step up.

On the other hand Valencia CF is qualified for the next round in the Champions League and are basically fighting to finish first in the group, currently being on equal points as Bayern Munich, though worse head to head ratio. While things are rosy as far as the Champions League they aren't so rosy in the Spanish League and after two thrashings in a row, first by Malaga 4-0 and then by Real Sociedad 5-2, Valencia CF coach Mauricio Pellegrino has gotten the sack and within two days Ernesto Valverde was appointed, though it is going to be interim manager Voro who is going to lead the team in Lille.

Valencia CF new coach Ernesto Valverde is going to take over the team as soon as they are back from France and is going to lead the team against Osasuna later this week. I don't expect miracles and with the form we've been all season long in away matches even a draw would be a success and I expect we'd only see a difference next week. Just the change of a coach can have a positive effect though, but on the other hand it can have a negative effect as well. So we'll see how things go.

As far as the match against OSC Lille Valencia CF should be competitive and intern coach Voro can sort up the team as he has done after the Koeman sack and I expect a good showing against Lille. Joao Pereira had problems with his injury again and he is out for the match even though he traveled with the team.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Guaita, Felipe Ramos.
Defenders: Joao Pereira, Ricardo Costa, Rami, Víctor Ruiz, Cissokho.
Midfielders: Albelda, Gago, Parejo, Éver, T.Costa, Viera,  Guardado, Bernat, Feghouli.
Attack: Piatti, Jonas, Valdez.

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

Result Prediction:
OSC Lille 1-1 Valencia CF
Its probably the most reasonable result considering events on both sides.