Sunday, March 4, 2018

Valencia CF vs Real Betis Match Preview

Athletic Bilbao ended Valencia's small 3 match winning streak in what was a very tough game, more so than even anticipated. Valencia CF coach Marcelino started with 3 midfielders, Kondogbia, Coquelin and Parejo in a bid to control possession and dominate the midfield, but it just wasn't effective and both Valencia CF and Athletic  Bilbao had back and forth control of the midfield.

Ferran Torres, Zaza and Vietto started as the regular starting lineup was rested due to there being 3 matches within 2 weeks, so with the new front three Valencia CF was mostly ineffective. Ultimately Valencia CF only managed a draw, which is still a fair result on a tough away match, but it was surprisingly more difficult than anyone would have anticipated and the team has to improve if we are to secure champions league football.

Moving forward and we are about to play against Real Betis a team with which we played the most exciting game this season and possibly in the last few seasons combined. The first match was a thriller with Valencia CF managing to score 3 goals past Real Betis, with a penalty shot for Real Betis being saved by Neto. One would have thought Valencia CF would cruise to a comfortable victory then and there, but it became even better as Valencia CF scored again to make it 4-0 past Real Betis. Everyone switched off expecting a walk in the part till the final whistle, but Real Betis fought back and fought back hard, managing to score 3 goals in a quick succession, with them being a constant attacking threat and threatening to score 4 goal and equalize the result. Thankfully in the last few minutes Valencia CF would score two more goal and ultimately end up winning 3-6 in what was a crazy, but exciting match.

Do I expect the same kind of match this time around as well? Not at all, I think that match was a fluke in all regards and a scoreline like that happens extremely rarely, so I expect an average match this time around, hoping for a Valencia CF win and expecting something along the lines of 2-1 or 3-2, something along those lines.

Some good news for Valencia CF is that Garay and Pereira have both been training with the squad for a week now, though Marcelino has opted not to include them in the squad and take it easy with their reintroduction to the team. I got to say that even though Andreas Pereira hasn't amazed with his performances and certainly hasn't played to a level where he would be a started, he's helped the team on several occasions and is a valuable sub. Bringing someone on like Pereira in the 70th minute when the opposition defenders are tiring, could cause real issues for them and give us an advantage. Right now we don't really have a natural right winger apart from Soler, who himself has been converted from a central midfielder.

Maksimovic is once again out of the squad, a bit of shame really as he has shown a lot of promise and has done good when given the opportunity, but there is just too much competition right now for central midfield that his chances are very limited. Good player and would be a waste for him to fizzle out, hopefully if Marcelino doesn't plan to use him regularly next season we can loan him off to a decent Spanish side so he can gain more experience and hopefully improve more so he can feature more for Valencia CF. Big talent and hopefully it won't get wasted, he could develop into a great player and we could have another big name in our hands in the future.

Anyways what do you guys think about this match, do you foresee a repeat of the previous match between these two or do you expect a "normal" match?