Saturday, September 10, 2016

Valencia CF vs Real Betis Match Preview

Valencia CF vs Real Betis Match Preview

Stadium: Mestalla
Date: 11.09.2016 16:00 CET 
3rd matchday, La Liga 
Coaches: Pako Ayestaran and Gus Poyet

Valencia CF was supposed to have an easy start to the new season with the first 6 matches being against relatively weaker opponents, even with the terrible transfer window and a lot of the let downs that happened, we were still supposed to do good at the start. No one expected two back to back losses, especially a devastating first match loss when Valencia CF conceded 4 goals.

Second match the result improved for Valencia CF, we didn't concede 4 goals, we only conceded one, but Valencia CF still lost as our play was significantly weaker than in the previous match, where we played better, but lost more, this match we played worse, but lost by a smaller margin. We lacked chances, and by chances I mean good reliable real chances, ones where not converting is considered huge blinder, we lacked those. We had two decent chances, but they weren't guaranteed goals chances, the midfield was weaker and didn't control the game as well and overall a weaker performance.

I think the worse second match performance was due to the last minute transfers, I think a lot of players took at as a sort of shock that so many of our players left and many friendships torn apart, a lot of new unknown guys coming in, so I think many players just weren't in the game, their mind was elsewhere.

The last hours of the transfer window were good for Valencia CF, yes overall we had a terrible summer, but the last few hours did bring some hope and ease, did bring in some quality, though just how much we'll have to wait and see. I really like Garay, he is a solid, no nonsence defender with good leadership skills, we have Mangala who is talented and did well at Porto, did okay as well in Manchester City under Pellegrini, though he is error prone, hopefully Garay will help with that by taking the leadership role and organising the defense.

We lack a pure striker, the closest we got is Moreno, he used to play in the central role, but for the past two seasons he's played as a winger, Munir is also a wide player, he's played on the left side at Barcelona the few times he's been given a chance, so essentially we lack a true striker, a target man like Paco was. Some say Paco didn't fit our style, I'd say Valencia CF didn't fit his style, you build a team around your best players, you don't sell them.

Real Betis have one point from the two matches played, they managed to draw against RCD Espanyol at their stadium, while they lost their first match to FC Barcelona, they actually got trashed 6-2 by Barcelona, but they showed sturdiness and team play against Espanyol, so I'm expecting Valencia CF to basically have the same issues that RCD Espanyol had against Real Betis, unable to consistently attack, lack of quality chances, hopefully with a solid defense we won't concede a goal and will be able to just squeeze through a narrow victory.

Valencia CF Squad:
: Diego, Ryan
Defenders: Cancelo, Montoya, Garay, Mangala, Santos, Gaya
Midfielders: Suarez, Enzo Perez, Parejo, Medran, Soler, Nani, Bakkali
Forwards: Santi Mina, Moreno, Munir

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-3-3
: Diego; Cancelo, Garay, Mangala, Gaya; Enzo, Parejo, Medran; Nani, Moreno, Mina.
Tactics: High defensive line, all round pressure, high tempo pressing, mixed passing, winged attacks

Result Prediction:
Valencia CF 1-0 Real Betis
We have to win at some point right? We have got two good defenders and they had some time thanks to the international break to get used to the team, gel a little bit and with Aymen(thankfully) injured we will have Garay and Mangala starting, meaning I'm expecting better defensive display and for us not to concede a goal. Offensive wise I think with Medran starting over Suarez we'll have a lot more attacking power, a lot of midfield control and so I expect decent midfield performance as well.

The biggest question mark is the offense, with Nani, Mina and either Moreno or Munir starting, there is a lot of questions here. Will Nani fit in with the team, will he contribute enough, his first game was okay considering its his first match, but overall in the context of other players contributions he was poor. If Munir starts over Moreno that is another question mark, he's unproven, he's barely played any real minutes at Barcelona, so I think Moreno for now is the safer choice.

Again I expect out first clean sheet in a long, long time and I expect us to barely edge out a victory over Real Betis by one goal.