Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Valencia CF vs CA Osasuna Match Preview

Valencia CF vs CA Osasuna Match Preview
Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 08.01.2013; 21:30 CET
Round of 16, Copa Del Rey
Coaches: Ernesto Valverde and José Luis Mendilibar

Valencia CF
Valencia CF met CA Osasuna two times before and won both games. First Valencia CF played against CA Osasuna away in La Liga and managed to 1-0 and just few days later played Osasuna away again, this time for the Copa Del Ray and managed to win 2-0 then as well. This is now the second match of the fixture and Valencia CF is coming to this match with 2 goals lead, so its looking very likely that Valencia CF is going to go through to the next round, unless something really unexpected happens and Valencia players all of a sudden loose their skills.

Valencia CF is coming to this match after a small 2-1 win in La Liga over Granada CF on the weekend and has now come closer to the Champions league positions in the league, falling only 4 points from them and with a good chance to overtake Malaga and the rest of them if the team plays good. Now that said Valencia CF will be meeting Sevilla next and then Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is quick succession, so some hard matches ahead in the short term, but Valencia CF should look to win them all. Sevilla are playing poorly, Real Madrid are playing poorly and have big troubles right now, so that is a chance for two wins against big rivals and against Barcelona getting a draw would be great and Valencia CF has a chance, as Barcelona have to falter sometime, they can't go on winning forever.

Valencia CF coach Ernesto Valverde has said that he will do few changes to the team and the first change is going to be Vicente Guaita who will be on goal, second change is going to be Cissokho at left back and then he said its likely that he will give a chance to Bernat or Viera. So quite a few changes are expected, its also likely that Neslon Valdez is going to start over Soldado. 

Valencia CF squad:

Goalkeepers: Guaita, Diego Alves.
Defenders: Barragán, Rami, Ricardo Costa, Víctor Ruiz, Cissokho.
Midfielders: Albelda, Tino Costa, Dani Parejo, Éver, Viera, Piatti, Guardado, Bernat.
Forwards: Jonas, Valdez, Soldado.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-3-3
Line-up: Guaita; Pereira, Rami, Ruiz, Cissokho; Albelda, Tino; Piatti, Viera; Bernat, Valdez.
Tactics: High defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, mixed attacks.

CA Osasuna
CA Osasuna were beaten twice by Valencia CF the last two times the teams met, once in La Liga and once in Copa Del Rey, so they are coming to this match with a deficit of 2 goals and the added pressure of playing at the Mestalla. But apart from the two losses suffered at the hands of Valencia CF, Osasuna has lost 2 of the last 3 matches or if you count the 2 losses from Valencia, then they've lost 4 of their last 5 matches.

Osasuna are also rock bottom on the table right now with only 14 points out of 18 matches and is struggling in the relegation zone, battling with Deportivo and Espanyol. While Osasuna's defense is actually really good, they have only conceived 20 goals, their attack has been very poor scoring only 14 goals and most of the matches they've lost has been by one goal difference, so they definitely are better than their position on the table would show and could turn their season around with a bit of luck.

CA Osasuna squad:
Goalkeepers: Andrés Fernández, Imanol Elías.
Defenders: Marc Bertrán, Nano, Miguel Flaño, Lolo, Arribas, Echaide, Rubén.
Midfielders: Puñal, Oier, Cejudo, Timor, Lamah, Armenteros.
Forwards: Kike Sola, Onwu, Llorente.

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 2-0 CA Osasuna
Valencia CF is in good position to win this match with a 2 goal difference from the first match of this fixture and is expected to win. The team is performing well, has already beaten Osasuna twice and Osasuna aren't known for their goal scoring prowess. So I think Valencia CF will score two goals, while not conceding and win by 2-0.