Saturday, February 23, 2013

Real Zaragoza vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Real Zaragoza vs Valencia CF Match Preview
Stadium: La Romareda
Date: 23.02.2013; 18:00 CET
25th matchday, La Liga
             Coaches: Manolo Jiménez and Ernesto Valverde

Valencia CF is coming to this match after a 2-0 victory over RCD Mallorca from last week in which Valencia CF continued its good form in the Spanish league and now finds itself in 5th position, just two points off of 4th position with a chance to overtake Malaga if Valencia CF wins over Real Zaragoza and Malaga lose.

The team did not fare as well in the Champions league, loosing the match at home 1-2 to PSG and going one step closer to going out of the competition, though good news is that Ibrahimovich got a red card and will not be available for the second leg and this gives Valencia CF small chance to actually beat PSG, although its going to be hard.

Real Zaragoza has been historically been a tough opponent, though this season hasn't been good for them and in the past 7 matches they haven't won, but have lost 5 times and drew 2 times, so their recent record is terrible and has left them sitting in 17th position on the table, just 4 points over relegation zone Celta Vigo.

For the fist time in a very long time Jeremy Mathieu is back in the squad after recovering fully from his injury and will be ready to start in the match, though the coach is probably going to choose Cissokho over him this time, with Guardado starting at left wing.

Ever Banega has also recovered from his injury and is likely to start with David Albelda and Daniel Parejo in the middle with Feghouli starting at right wing, though the coach Valverde had a long talk with him in one of the training sessions, because he was displeased with his performance and may even bench him for this match, though he would probably get another chance.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Guaita, Alves.
Defenders: Joao, Ricardo Costa, Víctor Ruiz, Cissokho, Mathieu.
Midfielders: Albelda, Éver Banega, Dani Parejo, Sergio Canales, Guardado, Piatti, Feghouli.
Forwards: Jonas, Valdez, Roberto Soldado.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Alves; Pereira, R. Costa, Ruiz, Cissokho; Albelda, Banega, Parejo; Feghuoli, Soldado; Guardado.
Tactics: High defensive line, own half pressure, high frequency wing attacks, mixed passing, doubling down in attack.

Result prediction:
Real Zaragoza 1-2 Valencia CF
While Real Zaragoza have been loosing a lot they haven't been outright outplayed and they know how to score a goal, with Valencia CF also having a change in the defense with Rami being injured and Ruiz to take his place for the first time in a long time and you have a recipe for Valencia CF to concede a goal. That said Valencia CF has been playing very good at home and should have enough firepower to outscore Real Zaragoza and win.