Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sevilla FC vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Sevilla FC vs Valencia CF Match Report
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Date: 23.08.2014; 20:00 CET
1st matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Unai Emery and Nuno Santos

The new season is upon us, in what is shaping up to be an exciting and competitive year. Many of the teams have had big changes and Sevilla FC and Valencia CF are no exceptions, in fact Valencia CF team is almost fully a new team. The longest member of the team is Jonas who is on the way out, then its Joao Pereira who is also on the way out, since the arrival of Joao Cancelo.

Then there is Diego Alves who will be staying, Barragan has also been here for a while and Feghouli is the last one of the older Valencia CF. If you look at it most of the players are new players and some coming through the B team. This might prove to be bad, as the core of the team is gone and until there is new core build up the team can suffer, but lets hope for the best.

Sevilla FC have lost Ivan Rakitic and Alberto Moreno as two of their biggest losses, Rakitic joining FC Barcelona and Moreno joining Liverpool FC. They've brought in Alex Vidal, Nicolas Pareja and just recently Ever Banega from Valencia CF though and will be looking to get to a good start by beating Valencia CF at their home soil.

Valencia CF had a good preseason, considering there were many departures and arrivals and the team still needs time to gel, but the preseason has been generally positive and the team will be looking to get on a winning start in the new season by beating Sevilla FC and exact a little bit of revenge on them for beating Valencia CF in the Europa League and then going to on winning it against Benfica. Valencia CF also has 3 Benfica players and a 4th one possibly on the way in Enzo Perez, so that is double revenge if the team can beat Sevilla in the opening match.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Diego Alves and Yoel Rodríguez.
Defenders: Barragán, Cancelo, Vezo, Otamendi, Lucas Orban, Gayà.
Midfielders: Parejo, Fuego, André Gomes, Zuculini, Feghouli, Piatti, Rodrigo De Paul, Guardado, Robert, Carles Gil.
Forwards: Rodrigo, Paco Alcácer.

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-3-3
Line-up: Alves; Barragan, Vezo, Otamendi, Gaya; Fuego, Parejo, Gomes; Piatti; Paco, Rodrigo.
Tactics: Low defensive line, own half pressure, midfield triangle, short passing, offside trap, deep laying defensive midfielder.

Match Predictions:
Sevilla FC 0-1 Valencia CF
Don't know much about Sevilla this season and how they measure up, but Valencia CF has had a solid defense so far in the preseason and I'd expect it to be that way again, Sevilla have lost their midfield maestro and the guy that provided goals and scored them as well, so they are likely to be weak on the attack side, while Valencia CF haven't had great attacking play either, so I expect a small 1-0 victory for Valencia CF as the team has the better quality players and better talent, with the defense being solid to give us this victory.