Real Madrid – Valencia match preview: Los Blancos to keep the streak...

Real Madrid – Valencia match preview: Los Blancos to keep the streak going


Real Madrid will look to keep their Liga title hopes alive as they take on Valencia at the Santigo Bernabeu.

Los Blancos come into the game in great shape, having trashed reigning European champions Bayern Munich with an overall 5-0 in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Yet, they are not in the best position to succeed in La Liga as well. Los Merengues trail Atletico Madrid by six points and need their city rivals to drop points in at least two of the remaining three games in order to lift the trophy.

Despite that is very unlikely to happen, Carlo Ancelotti men will do their best to get another three points against Los Che.

Luka Modric will miss the match with a calf problem. Asier Illarramendi is expected to replace him in the starting line-up. Marcelo will also return to Real’s eleven, leaving Fabio Coentrao rest.

The main doubt for Ancelotti will be whether to include Isco among the starters or leave him on the bench. Alvaro Arbeloa and Jese Rodriguez remain on the side-lines, while Sami Khedira has been included in the squad for the first time since he picked up an injury back in November.

Juan Antonio Pizzi will miss Oriol Romeu, Victor Ruiz and Philippe Senderos due to injuries. Paco Alcacer will return to the striker position after missing the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals through suspension.

Valencia have already lost their chances to qualify for European competitions and they have nothing to fight for. That should be an advantage for Real Madrid to get a comfortable win.

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Lopez; Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Illarramendi, Alonso, Di Maria; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Valencia: Alves; Pereira, Costa, Mathieu, Bernat; Fuego, Keita; Feghouli, Parejo, Cartabia; Alcacer.