Real Valldolid will host Barcelona at Estadio Jose Zorrilla this Sunday. Obviously, after the goaless draw against Super Depor, Real Valladolid is itching to bounce back with a win, but unfortunately, the fixture is not helping. Their next match is against the powerhouse, Barcelona. Will Valladolid able to grab another 1 point or even 3 points? Or become a prey to the most ferocious predator in La Liga.
Valladolid recent form has been unimpressive. With 2 loses-2 wins-and 1 draw, peole will actually call a big win for Barcelona. Because, compared to Barcelona last 5 matches, they wrap 4 wins and 1 draw in the bag, its pretty safe to say that Barcelona will win. But, let’s look at Valladollid recent form once again, on December 8th, they force Real Madrid, who is at the same level with Barcelona, struggle so hard to earn the 3 points. So, there’s still a possibility that Valladolid will surprise Barcelona the way they did to Real Madrid. Playing on their own home should give another additional advantage to Real Valladolid.
Key players to watch & probable line-up
Miroslav Dukic, Valladolid head coach, have been implementing 4-2-3-1 formation to Valladolid this season. With Dani Hernandez as the goalkeeper, then the 4 defenders, Balenziaga-Valiente-Sereno-Rukvaina, 2 defensive midfielder Rubio-Perez, supporting the attacking midfield Ramos-Oscar-Ebert who will giving it all to provide Manucho, their lone striker, to make sure another goal is added to Valdes conceded goals account.
While Tito Villanova, as I said, will do anything to maintain the gap between them and Real Madrid, because if they start losing points and Real Madrid closing on the gap, then its not impossible that Madrid will overtake the crown. He probably will place his best XI on Sunday, with the same 4-3-3 as their last match against Atletico Madrid. At the back we have Valdes accompanied by Alba-Puyol-Pique-Alves while upfront Iniesta-Busquet-Xavi will make sure they give the best service to the final third parties, Sanchez-Messi-Pedro. Its not impossible that Tito will field the canteranos like Montoya , Tello or even giving Song an opportunity to play. Although they are subtitutes, still they got quality.
Who to watch? In Valladolid we have Manucho who netted 2 goals on their match against Real Madrid. And now, his team-mates is starting to put more hope on him because he is proven to be a dangerous predator. The Ex-Manchester United reserve player got what it takes to be a dangerous striker, 6 goals and 3 assists for Valladolid in 12 appearances is a prove that he is someone to be watched. His height make him easily win the aerial duel, his finishing and his ability to waltz towards opposition defender will make him valladolid’s trump card this weekend.
Manucho in Valladolid, in Barcelona we got Adriano, the reliable full back. He could play either on left or right side, but he has one thing in common whether he plays on the right side or on the left side, he is dangerous. Playing 4 times as the right full back, he netted 2 goals. While on the left side? Same numbers of appearance, 4, and same goals, 2. His pace and his powerful but accurate shoot will help the team while they are finding themselves facing a dead-end. Just like the last match, when Messi is still trying to break through the Atletico’s defenders, Adriano, ran from the right flank to the middle and release a beautiful shot that makes the score level again. Adriano comes out of nowhere and save the day.
Its gonna be a close one, but Barcelona will earn another 3 points with 2 goals differences. Valladolid have been showing a good improvements this season, but still good is not enough to stop Blaugrana from earning points.
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