Sunday, November 6, 2016

Celta Vigo vs Valencia CF Match Preveiw

Celta Vigo vs Valencia CF Match Preview

Stadium: Balaidos
Date: 07.11.2016 16:15 CET 
11th matchday, La Liga 
Coaches: Eduardo Berizzo and Cesare Prandelli

Just when you think Valencia CF is ready to take a step forward and improve upon the play and results, they actually take a step back, that was the case last week against Deportivo La Coruno who Valencia CF managed to look like a world class opposition, and not a fellow relegation battle team. Everyone had high hopes after the FC Barcelona match, even though Valencia CF lost it was a terrific play from the team and an outstanding performance that if not for the referee Valencia CF might have even won it. 
Unfortunately that good play against Barcelona didn't translate against Depoirtivo and the team was back to their worst with sloppy passing, terrible final ball, missed chances and error prone defending. It was no surprise than that Valencia CF could barely muster up a draw in what could have easily been a heavy defeat.

Valencia CF coach Cesare Prandelli has said over and over again in interviews that he plans on having continuity in the team and stability, so he is going to go into this match against Celta Vigo with the same formation and the same players, with some forced changes due to injuries or suspensions. Since Enzo Perez is suspecded due to accumulation of 5 yellow cards, Mario Surez will likely be partnered by Alvaro Medran to form the defensive midfield, with Jose Luis Gaya still injured its likely going to be Montoya this time around at left back, since Aymen as always guaranteed a goal for the opposition. Even when the guy defends well overall, he always makes a crucial mistake that underscores all of the good he's done and damages the team.

Apart from that its going to be pretty much the same team, once again Bakkali not going to feature, this time due to a muscle injury and at this rate I would be surprised if we see him play at all. Between being injured and recuperating and just not being player due to tactical reasons, I doubt he'd have any minutes for the foreseeable future. 

Celta Vigo have also been quite weak and certainly not the team of last season or the season before that. It seems their time has gone, but they are still a dangerous and efficient team, certainly dangerous enough to give Valencia CF problems, especially with our leaky and error prone defense. The coach has talked about forming tighter lines between the players and pressuring immediately after losing the ball, but we'll have to wait and see if that manifests itself on the pitch, bad habits die slow and I doubt the players would so quickly start playing better football, personally I think it would take a full year for any meaningful changes to happen to the play style and mindset of the players.

Valencia CF Squad:
Goalkeepers: Diego, Jaume, Ryan
Defenders: Cancelo, Montoya, Mangala, Santos, Garay, Aymen, Siqueira
Midfielders: Suarez, Soler, Parejo, Medran, Fede, Nani
Forwards: Santi Mina, Moreno, Munir

Technical Details Valencia CF (probable setups):
Formation: 4-2-3-1
Line-up: Diego; Cancelo, Mangala, Garay, Montoya; Suarez, Medran; Fede, Parejo, Nani; Moreno
Tactics: Medium defensive line, own half pressure, fast tempo pressing, mixed style passing, winged attacks, counter attacks

Result Prediction:
Celta Vigo 2-2 Valencia CF
This is the result I think of when I think about this match, I'd love Valencia CF to win, I'd love to write 2-1 for VCF, but in reality I can't. I have to be objective and I don't see Valencia CF winning this match, if anything I think we should be lucky not to lose and at least get a point, I'd consider that a success at this point and go for the wins at our home terrain against weaker teams.