Friday, March 13, 2015

Valencia CF vs Deportivo La Coruna Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Deportivo La Coruna Match Preview

Stadium: Vicente Calderon
Date: 13.03.2015, 20:45 CET
27th matchday, La Liga
Coaches: Nuno Santo and Victor Fernandez

Valencia CF have been in great form the last couple of weeks and after last week's draw with Atletico Madrid the team will look to secure a win at the Mestalla against Deportivo La Coruna. Deportivo have been historically a very strong team, in fact they've even challenged for the title few times, but as most teams in Spain they've been caught up with the financial reality and are now just a mediocre team at best.

Right now they are in 16th position on the table and still fighting to avoid relegation, with several clubs all within 7 points of each other. Usually 30 points have been enough to secure stay in the top flight, so they will be looking to achieve that number and tonight at the Mestalla would be looking into securing one point. 

Its worth noting that Deportivo La Coruna beat Valencia CF 3-0 at their own turf in the first half of the season and that was with Valencia CF on their 3 goals beating run, that was actually the first time Yoel featured on goal and had a torrid time, with him and Mustafi making huge mistakes and contributing to that 3-0 loss.

Anyways I think Valencia CF have this game this time, the team is more balanced in how they approach the game, they are better oiled, its a well oiled machine and not a sort of a group of various parts that do things on their own. So I'm expecting to see a Valencia CF win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Mising from the squad in Javi Fuego to to his red card from last match and Skhodran Mustafi who has accumulated 5 yellow cards and will miss out this match. In his place likely to take the defensive slot is Ruben Vezo.

Valencia CF Squad:
Goalkeepers: Alves, Yoel
Defenders: Cancelo, Barragan, Vezo, Otamendi, Gaya, Orban
Midfielders: Parejo, Enzo, Felipe, Gomes, Feghouli, Piatti, De Paul
Forwards: Negredo, Moreno, Paco

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-3-3
Line-up: Diego; Barragan, Vezo, Otamendi, Gaya; Enzo, Gomes, Parejo; Moreno, Paco, Piatti.
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own third pressure, mixed passing, counter attacks.

Match Prediction:
Valencia CF 2-0 Deportivo La Coruna
I'm expecting a casual win for Valencia CF. Yeah Deportivo are a tricky opponent and they beat us before when the team was in a great form, but now VCF is playing at home and the team is overall better and more balanced.