Valladolid vs Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos need win to keep title...

Valladolid vs Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos need win to keep title race alive


Real Madrid travel to Valladolid tonight knowing that anything less than a win will probably spell the end of any title hopes they may still have.

Los Blancos can close the gap on Atletico de Madrid to two points with two games remaining, and the prospect that Los Rojiblancos will need to travel to the Nou Camp on the final day of the campaign needing to take something from the game.

Carlo Ancelotti has said his players will fight until the end, and they are aware it will be a difficult match tonight against a team battling to save themselves from relegation to La Segunda. Los Blancos have won the last six matches between the sides and will be looking to keep that record going.

Madrid will make a number of changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Valencia at the weekend. Gareth Bale and Daniel Carvajal both have knocks and will not be available. Nacho is the most likely candidate to fill in at right back given that Alvaro Arbeloa isn’t quite ready to make return to the side having overcome a knee injury. Iker Casillas will play in goal tonight as Ancelotti keeps him in top form ahead of the Champions League final.1

The hosts welcome back Alvaro Rubio in place of Fausto Rossi who is suspended. Manucho and Heinze are both doubts as they are carrying slight knocks.

Probable Line-Ups
Valladolid: Jaime; Rukavina, Valiente, Mitrovic, Peña; Perez, Rubio; Larsson, Gonzalez, Jeffren; Guerra
Real Madrid: Casillas; Nacho, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Isco, Alonso, Modric; Di Maria, Benzema, Ronaldo