Saturday, January 12, 2013

Valencia CF vs Sevilla FC Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Sevilla FC Match Preview
Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 12.01.2013; 22:00 CET
19th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Ernesto Valverde and Míchel González

Valencia CF
Valencia CF is coming to this match after a 2-1 victory over CA Osasuna in the Copa Del Rey that puts Valencia CF in the semi final to face off against Real Madrid, in what would be 3 matches against them in a short period of 2 weeks. Valencia CF has 5 wins in the last 6 matches since the arrival of Ernesto Valverde, though 3 of those have been against Osasuna and this will be Valverde's first big challenge.

I got to say that since the arrival of Ernesto Valverde Valencia CF has improved and is playing a more attacking and entertaining football, but we haven't seen some big improvement that would sweep us off our feet, its been more of a gradual, slow improvement. So we'll see just how much or how little improvement has been made tomorrow night against Sevilla FC.

My thoughts are that the match against Sevilla FC is a must win one, I mean Valencia CF is playing at home in the Mestalla, has the form and results coming in and the players have been playing better individually and collectively. On the other hand Sevilla FC have been struggling this season and are worse off than Valencia CF. They have been mediocre all season and their squad is technically weaker than Valencia's squad. I mean they have Hedwiges Maduro who Valencia CF sold as he couldn't get a starting spot in Valencia's squad, although truth be told he hasn't found too many opportunities at Sevilla FC either, with only 7 appearances so far.

Yesterday Valencia CF had some good news from the medical department as Sergio Canales has been given a clean bill of health and he could return to full training and we may even see him given some minutes as substitute towards the end of January. Jeremy Mathieu is also recovering well and is not going to need a surgery, though he still has some time to go before full recovery.

Valencia CF squad:

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

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Diego; Pereira, Rami, R. Costa, Guardado; Albelda, Banega; Piatti, Jonas, Bernat, Soldado.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, mixed attacks.

Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC on the other hand are coming to this match after a 2-1 loss to Mallorca in the cup, though they were already qualified for the next round as they beat Mallorca 5-0 in their first match, so the loss last game wasn't important and they played with a second grade squad mostly, keeping some of the more important players fresh for the match against Valencia CF. Sevilla FC results have been mixed in the past 5 matches, heck they've been mixed the whole season with no trends or strings of results. One match they'd win, other they'd loose and third they'd draw. They have been struggling and performing inconsistently.

Right now they are 12 spot on the table with 22 points out of 18 matches, 6 of which are wins, 4 draws and 8 losses. Their goal scoring record is average with 23 goals scored and 26 goals conceded. So overall statistically speaking they have been decent, with no notable problems. Their top goal scorer is obviously Negredo with 8 goals scored, which is one less than what Soldado has scored in La Liga, while Ivan Rakitic has the most assists in the team with 3, while Valencia CF has several players with more assists then that.

Sevilla FC squad: to be announced...

Technical Details Sevilla FC (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Diego Lopez; Cicinho, Fazio, Spahic, Navarro; Medel, Kondogbia; Jesus Navas; Rakitic, Reyes; Negredo.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, counter attacks, mixed passing, wing attacks mostly.

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 1-0 Sevilla FC
Valencia CF is in better form and have the better squad no questions about it, so I expect a win, but its probably going to be a hard match with back and forth between both sides that is going to be decided by one goal.