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Real Valladolid C.F - Valencia C.F
La Liga - Round 6
Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla
05/10/2008
19:00​

Latest Results

Valencia C.F
UEFA Valencia-Marítimo 2-1
Liga Valencia-Deportivo 4-2
Liga Málaga-Valencia 0-2
Liga Valencia-Osasuna 1-0
UEFA Marítimo-Valencia 0-1


Real Valladolid
Liga Málaga-Valladolid 2-1
Liga Valladolid-Almería 2-0
Liga Athletic-Valladolid 2-0
Liga Valladolid-Atlético 2-1
Liga Espanyol-Valladolid 1-0



League Position
1.Valencia 13
2.Villarreal 13
3.R. Madrid 12
4.Sevilla 11
5.Barcelona 10
6.Almería 10
7.Atlético 9
8.Getafe 8
9.Mallorca 8
10.Espanyol 7
11.Valladolid 6
12.Athletic 5
13.Deportivo 5


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Valencia experienced something of a hiccup on Thursday night, but came through the UEFA Cup first round largely unscathed, maintaining superb form that's seen Los Che register five straight victories.

I say ‘largely’ because, of the few regulars that started against Maritimo in the second leg, Albiol was forced off the field early with injury. It was a typical case of wear and tear. Unai Emery was always keen to rest his young captain but injuries elsewhere, and the correct decision to give regular right-back Miguel a much needed break of his own, forced the young coach’s hand.

It makes the return of Marchena at the heart of the defence all the more timely, and the 29 year old showed absolutely no signs of rustiness against the Madeira outfit. That said, Emery certainly went overboard with the extent of changes, which was showcased notably by the less than impressive displays of Hugo Viana and Hedwiges Maduro – a duo plainly and publicly deemed surplus to requirements in the summer.

Equally, the decision to field one ‘striker’ in the form of veteran utility player Angulo, who endured slim to no support down the middle - rather relying purely on wing service from a recently returned Vicente and form-searching Pablo - very nearly backfired on the former Almeria boss. The cavalry were introduced and the day was saved, even if the crucial equalizing goal came from reserve left back Del Horno, courtesy of a Manuel Fernandes pass, who was mightily impressive throughout the match.

The Portuguese midfielder could be the missing link this Valencia side needs to make a serious title challenge. Los Che's defence has improved significantly since the start of the campaign, let alone last season, not least because the forward play and ability to unnerve the opposition has taken pressure of the rearguard. Valencia’s attackers are on form, and if Fernandes can keep making progress, he could become the link-man the Mestalla men have been missing since Baraja was in is prime, in the days of Rafa Benitez, where the midfielder teamed up so well with Pablo Aimar and regularly got on the score sheet.

Valencia’s opponents and hosts on Sunday continued their away day blues last weekend, downed in Malaga by a team that until then had failed to register a single goal all season. Goals are also proving a problem for Valladolid, where neither top-quality or on-form strikers are resident within the squad.

Undoubtedly, Valladolid's two home results to date have been impressive, with wins over mighty Atletico Madrid and a flying Almeria side, but this encounter probably represents the toughest assignment of the season so far for Mendilibar’s men.

TEAM NEWS

Valladolid

Alvaro returns from suspension and should return to the centre of midfield. Prieto could come into the defence, while Mendunjanin will do battle with Canobbio for a wing berth. Ogbeche should continue to spearhead the attack, with Goitom yet to really be involved this season

Probable Starting XI (4-4-1-1): Asenjo – Lopéz, Baraja, Prieto, Marcos – Mendunjanin/Canobbio, Alvaro, Escudero, Sesma – Dorado – Ogbeche

Valencia

Albiol misses out with injury, so it’s all about whether Emery is happy for the recently returned Marchena to play two games in four days. If not, Helguera will come into the side.

A host of players will return after the makeshift midweek eleven, and Fernandes will be hoping his performance against Maritimo keeps him in the team. Morientes should come back into the fold after not making the matchday squad in midweek, and could start.

Probable Starting XI (4-4-2): Renan – Miguel, Marchena, Alexis, Moretti – Joaquin, Fernandes, Albelda, Mata – Angulo/Morientes, Villa

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Valladolid: Alvaro Rubio has been a mainstay in the Valladolid midfield so far, and now in his third season at the club. Returning from suspension, how the 29 year old faires against a Che engine room that is showing signs of improvement will be key if the hosts harbour any hopes of continuing an impressive home record. The defensive midfielder will doubtless be helping out in defence and on the flanks too.

Valencia: Manuel Fernandes delivered one of his best performances in a Valencia shirt on Thursday night, and it was no easy contest against a Maritimo side that might have sprung a shock at the Mestalla. Showed real heart and got involved all over the field. It should be enough to keep his place, and was a major step in cementing a permanent place in the starting eleven.

PREDICTION

Valencia nearly paid the price in midweek and looked blunted in attack, but the return of Villa, Mata and Joaquin is a different proposition for Valladolid entirely. It's hard to see the hosts getting anything from this, and it's near impossible to foresee the 100% home record being maintained.

At the moment, Los Che are like a fine wine that is maturing with every passing every week, and expect the process to continue this weekend with a hard-fought but convincing win.

Valladolid 0 - 2 Valencia
 

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I expect a win. One goal margin though.

2-1. Villa brace.

Do you guys think Unai will start Marchena again? Its either Marchena's health or Valencia's given the only other option is Hell.
 

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yeah i think kaiser will start
 

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After Helguera's horrible match (against Maritimo of all teams!) and even worse attitude, I think Emery should try out Maduro at CB, ahead of Mrs Hell. How worse can he be?

But Kaiser will captain, so no point of discussing this or Helguera again for that matter..
 

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I think Emery will play;

Renan
Miguel - Marchena - Alexis - Moretti
Joaquín - Fernandes - Albelda - Mata
Angulo
Villa

I'd take Viana and del Horno over Angulo and Moretti. But, two games in four days for Hugo and Horny is pushing it :D
 

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why angulo...isnt Moro fit yet...Villa-Moro like against depor...or Vicente on the left and Mata upfront with Villa...but please not Angulo
 

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valladolid are very good at home, they beat a.madrid and almeria! the team we couldn't beat.so far they have lost all their away games, but we are playing away, so that does mean valladolid are not scared of us, so they will attack. i hope manuel fernandes plays like he did against maratimo, like goal.com said he could be what baraja used to be, and that would hopefully give us a serious title challenge.
 

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I would rather play Albelda-Kaiser combo at cb than even considering playing Helguera. ALBELDA-KAISER is violent though haha
 

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loool...Maduro was opted as a cb in ajax several times...he would be atleast better than Helguera!
 

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I'd play Mata or Morientes upfront too, Angulo would be a waste of space and time as he was againt almighty Malaga.

Otherwise give the Serbian Sausage a chance.

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lol, El Blocke.

Ah the Quique days :proud: I don't think we even lost, whenever those two thugs played in midfield :pp
 

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lol, El Blocke.

Ah the Quique days :proud: I don't think we even lost, whenever those two thugs played in midfield :pp
Getafe 3 - 0 Valencia was the best example on how damn smart that combination were to us...
Don't frigging mention El Bloque again, we're an attacking team nowadays with freeflowing football unlike Barcelona etc
 

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I'd play Mata or Morientes upfront too, Angulo would be a waste of space and time as he was againt almighty Malaga.

Otherwise give the Serbian Sausage a chance.



lol, El Blocke.

Ah the Quique days :proud: I don't think we even lost, whenever those two thugs played in midfield :pp
lol the other team was scared to go on a dribble because they would get hacked down!:howler: seriously though i would rather have Albelda at cb than HELLguera
 

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Did you catch them partner at CB against Maritimo? LoL at the number of casualties :howler: :D
:howler: haha nearly all the Maritimo players were injured at some point in the game
 

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Marcinho ran off injured:D
 

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Porteros: Renan y Guaita.

Defensas: Miguel, Helguera, Alexis, Marchena, Moretti y Del Horno.

Centrocampistas: Albelda, Fernandes, Pablo, Joaquín, Vicente y Hugo Viana.

Delanteros: Mata, Angulo, Villa y Morientes

No Edu or Zigic(who i feel sorry for) Mnandes looks set for a start? Marchena has some kind of injury (not serious) but he might be a doubt. If so i would rather have Moretti at CB with Alexis and play Del Horno as LB , rather than letting Helguera set foot on a football pitch in a che shirt again
 
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