Valencia v Real Madrid is a great opportunity for Real Madrid to close the gap on 3rd place Valencia, who currently have a 5 point lead on Los Blancos. Real Madrid are currently one point above 5th placed Villarreal, so the 3 points are also needed to stay in the top 4 in La Liga.
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For Valencia, Dani Parejo and Jose Gaya are both expected to return to the starting 11 as they have served their suspensions. However, Gabriel and Ruben Vezo will both miss out after being sent off against Las Palmas, so they are really suffering from ill discipline. There are problems at the back too, as Ezequiel Garay is their only fit central defender. Francis Coquelin will probably be asked to fill in at centre back.
For Real Madrid, Karim Benzema is likely to start at the Mestalla, after returning to the first team with a goal midweek, even though Los Blancos lost the game against Leganes. Zinedine Zidane is likely to go with a 4-3-3 system again this time, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the wide positions. Sergio Ramos played in midweek and should be fine to start again here.
Valencia v Real Madrid Predicted Lineups
Valencia (4-4-2): Neto; Montoya, Coquelin, Garay, Gaya; Maksimovic, Kondogbia, Parejo, Guedes; Mina, Moreno
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale
Valencia v Real Madrid Betting Tips
- Valencia have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 4 games out of the last 10.
- Real Madrid have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 3 games out of the last 10.
- In the last 10 games, Valencia have scored an average of 1.6 goals and have conceded an average of 1.2 goals.
- In the last 10 games, Real Madrid have scored an average of 1.9 goals and have conceded an average of 1.2 goals.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in 8 of the last 10 Valencia games.
- There have been over 2.5 goals in 7 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
Valencia v Real Madrid Prediction
Valencia come into match in poor form, having lost their last two matches by 2-1 scorelines. That being said, they did reach the semi final of the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.
Valencia also haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last four games, and they will not be helped by the huge number of players that are missing at the back.
Real Madrid simply can not find any consistency. The 7-1 win against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga last week was followed up by a shocking exit in the Copa Del Rey, losing 2-1 to Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The pressure is on Zinedine Zidane and he will need his big players to perform here. The famous ‘BBC’ front line of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano are likely to be back together for this crucial contest.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid win 8/13 at Bet365.
Over 2.5 goals 4/11 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 3-0 15/2 at Bet365.
- Disclaimer: Odds correct at time of publishing