Stadium: Ipurua Municipal Stadium
Date: 20.12.2014, 20:00 CET
16th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Gaizka Garitano and Nuno Santos
Valencia CF is coming to this match after a very interesting and nerve racking match in the copa del rey against Rayo Vallecano that finished 4-4, after Rayo had the lead for most of the match, at one point looking like Valencia CF is going to drop out of the cup in the teams first round. Luckily for Valencia CF Paco Alcacer was on point with two amazing goals and with the help of some of the substitutions Nuno brought in, the team managed to change the game and ultimately achieve a draw, moving forward in the cup on goal scoring difference.
This is going to be another interesting match I feel, since Eibar are playing a high pressure football and they are not afraid to chase the ball in midfield, an area in which Valencia CF have struggled. Fuego is obviously going to come back to the midfield, the team struggled so much without him in the cup match, so we see how important he is to our defensive game, the important thing is that he was given a rest and will be coming fresh to this match, so hopefully that improves his level of play a little.
Otamendi is also returning after being gives a rest in the cup, much needed rest for him as well, having played all of the matches before the last one of course, so now he will come in a little bit refreshed as well, so hopefully impeccable performance from him as he's done when the season began.
We might even see a Paco and Negredo combination this time, Paco has shown he can score goals and that he is needed to the team, though having rested Moreno in the last match, he seems like the likelier candidate to start.
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel
Defenders: Barragan, Cancelo, Vezo, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gaya, Orban
Midfielders: Fuego, Parejo, Felipe, Gil, Feghouli, Piatti, De Paul
Forwards: Negredo, Paco, Moreno
Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Line-up: Diego; Barragan, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gaya; Fuego, Parejo, Feghouli, Piatti; Moreno, Negredo.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, mixed passing, deep laying defensive midfielder, counter attacks.
SD Eibar 0-1 Valencia CF
I think we are going to see an interesting match, but in terms of possession, midfield battle and some chances, I think its going to be relatively low on goals. Valencia CF will have a more stable defense this time around, while Eibar are good at pressuring mid, so we are likely to see mostly fight over who controls the middle and few chances in between.