Sunday, September 14, 2014

Valencia CF vs RCD Espanyol Match Preview

Valencia CF vs RCD Espanyol Match Preview
Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 14.09.2014; 17:00 CET
3rd matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Nuno Santos and Sergio Gonzalez

Valencia CF had several players who featured for their national teams, making his debut for the Spanish national team was Paco Alcacer who scored a goal on his debut and will be feeling confident and motivated after such a dream like debut.

Joao Pereira featured for Portugal and as always was good, providing good attacking threat and good defending, even though he is still out of the squad against Espanyol, it seems like Nuno won't be counting on him seriously and I wonder why the club didn't sell him in the summer if they are going to waste his talents like this.

Ruben Vezo also was called up for Portugal though he didn't feature, Andre Gomes made his debut though and had an okay game, nothing to brag home about, but it was a fine start for him.

Just after the last match against Malaga CF, Valencia CF brought in Alvaro Negredo from Manchester City, though he is injured and won't be available at least until another 10 or more days. He should come back from injury within two weeks, though he is likely not going to start until he is fully fit, so quite long ways until his full recovery.

The team would be looking to build on its successful start to the season and try to win against RCD Espanyol who've been playing some poor football and find themselves at the bottom at the table, though after only 2 matches I wouldn't count them out and they will be looking to bounce back with a surprise win against Valencia CF.

Valencia CF squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel.
Defenders: Barragán, João Cancelo, Vezo, Otamendi, Mustafi, Gayà, Orban.
Midfielders: Javi Fuego, Zuculini, André Gomes, Dani Parejo, Roberto Ibáñez, Feghouli, Filipe Augusto, Carles Gil.
Forwards: Piatti, Rodrigo, Alcácer.

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

Match Predictions:
Valencia CF 2-1 RCD Espanyol
I think its going to be a tough game, even though Espanyol have only 1 point, they haven't been a push over and will be looking to get a win or at least a draw against Valencia CF in order to get their season back on track, while Valencia CF has been very solid at the back, the forward line has also been scoring goals, but the team has had big problems in midfield and in order for VCF to win against Espanyol these problems need to be over and the midfield should be secure and concise.

I think our defense is strong enough to prevent cheap goals, but with the midfield shaky and losing the ball in dangerous positions often I could see Espanyol scoring one goal. I think Valencia CF is going to score more goals though and be able to win the match 2-1.