Saturday, March 2, 2013

Valencia CF vs Levante UD Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Levante UD Match Preview
Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 02.03.2013; 22:00 CET
26th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Ernesto Valverde and Juan Ignacio Martínez

Valencia CF is coming to this match after a hard fought draw in the last league match against Real Zaragoza, managing to come back from behind after the team went down 2-0 and manage to secure a very important draw, even though there was a chance to win as well, ultimately 2-2 draw was a good and fair result.

Tonight against UD Levante the team is going to look to get a better result and that means a win, which would enable Valencia CF to escape Levante and few other clubs that are close behind Valencia CF and possibly even reach 4th place, of course if Malaga looses, which as of late they haven't been performing to the best of their ability.

This is a very important match as it is a city derby and both clubs have been fierce rivals, because both are the region Valencia CF and Levante has always been sort of the second club and now with them in the first division for couple of years now and even challenging Valencia CF it has turned into a big rivalry between the  clubs.

Valencia CF is going into this match without Adil Rami and Ricardo Costa who are both injured, although Ricardo Costa is said to be ready for the match against PSG in the champions league. Ever Banega and Aly Cissokho are suspended though due to yellow cards and so after a longer period both Jonathas Viera and Antonio Barragan are joining the squad. 

With the PSG match also just several days away the coach may also want to keep some of the players fresh, so we may see Soldado on the bench and I believe the coach is going to choose Guaita to be on goal, so that Diego plays in the Champions League, since the last match against PSG Guaita was rather poor.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves, Vicent Guaita.
Defense:  Joao Pereira, Antonio Barragán, Víctor Ruiz, Jeremy Mathieu.
Midfield: David Albelda, Tino Costa, Daniel Parejo, Jonathan Viera, Sofiane Feghouli, Juan Bernat, Pablo Piatti, Andres Guardado.
Forward:  Jonas Goncalves, Sergio Canales, Nelson Haedo Valdez, Roberto Soldado.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Guaita; Joao, Ruiz, Mathieu, Guardado; Albelda, Tino Costa, Parejo; Piatti, Valdez; Jonas.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, medium frequency wing attacks, mixed passing.

Result prediction:
Valencia CF 3-2 Levante UD
These matches can go either very few goals or a big goal fest and since the last match was rather calm and with little goals, I think this one is going to be with many goals, especially since Valencia CF is missing its key defenders and I believe Valcerde is going to position the team to win this match, so Levante are going to fight back and I see many goals in which Valencia CF will just edge out Levante UD.