This will be a game of patience for sure. Valladolid are very well organised and rarely get hammered in any game they play. That’s why they will probably do enough to survive another season as without the great defence and unity they would be struggling much more. They don’t create or score a lot usually and hopefully that continues again.
We have the better players but we have to move the ball quick and try to start off at a fast pace. It’s crucial to not make any silly mistakes as going a goal down to Valladolid would make it tough to comeback.
We should dominate possession and we should be able to contain their attack well. Our defence is playing well on the whole and hopefully he starts with Carlos and kounde back at centre back. The change there at start of Villarreal game hurt us. I see why Lopetegui did it as we have so many games packed together so he was using his squad. It’s just more risky changing the centre back position especially with how well Carlos and kounde are starting to play together now.
I hope he starts munir too as he’s looked electric since the resumption of la liga. Munir, de jong and Ocampos would be the 3 I’d go with again here. As for midfield I agree I’d start banega as he’s looked great in last couple of games running the midfield and I’d play Fernando and either Torres/gudejli. I’d give Jordan a rest here and he’s not looked quite as good as the others in my view.
I think escudero has earned another start here after his goal and impressive performance against Villarreal. Lopetegui may switch back to reguillon, but personally I’d stick with escudero if he’s fit.
Let’s do this. With getafe, Sociedad, Valencia dropping more points and us holding Villarreal last match, we can put huge pressure on our rivals by going 7 points clear of 5th place getafe with a win. A big night for us and a winnable run of games coming up. Vamos Sevilla!