Adriano is a big doubt for the game, according to goal.com
I'm a valencia fan, but I really dont want the game to be ruined with all tese injuries. i wuld rather face a fully fit inter than one that is depleted.
That having been said, I really think adriano's injury has just helped your cause. Crespo is a MUCH MUCH better finisher, and is the best person to put whatever chances you make away.
I was actually partly hoping for Adriano to start, as I rate crespo as a much more dangerous player than him.
The news from our end is that baraja, vicente and del horno are fit, but i highly doubt del horno will start this game. he hasnt played a game all season, and has zero match fitness.
The thing that I am concerned about is the loss of our captain, albelda. The guy is a rock in the midfield, one of the best defensive midfielders in the world(ppl laughed when i said this last time), and we will REALLY miss him. baraja is a very good backup, but marchena is a central defender-converted to a midfielder.
As i said right as soon as the draw was made, your best chance is to go for the wings - specially if flores starts miguel on the right wing. That is where your goal will come from, if you get one.
We will of course try to expose ur central midfield weakness,, Baraja is a superb long-shot taker, and regularly scores from outside the box when in form.
To stop Vicente on the left wing, i think only Zanetti can do the job. Vicente is too good for any of the other defenders. Our right wing is the lightly weaker one, with angulo and joaquin not being as good as vicente, and your left-backs(except grosso) should be able to control this, as long as they dont attack too much.
If i was mancini, I would probably man-mark Vicente. Zanetti on Vicente. I would leave your left flank free to attack, to expose miguels defensive weakness. Alternatively if Curro Torres starts, he is slightly better defensively, but still no god at right back, and makes the occasional mistake.
Im not going to make a prediction, even though i think i know whats going to happen. lets just hope for a good game, and hopefully no fights and red cards.
I would hate to see this game ruined by a red card incident.