Real Madrid are hoping to disrupt Valencia’s bid to get a league double win over them this season when both teams meet at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano this Sunday.
Real Madrid returned to their winning ways following their loss to Levante at the end of last month. First, they came back from behind a goal deficit to defeat Huesca after two goals from center back Raphael Varane over the weekend. Then, despite struggling with several primary absences, they defeated Getafe 2-0 on Tuesday night. After the victory over Getafe, Los Blancos will have yet another home match this weekend as they look to get a win over Valencia.
Madrid’s boss would be more than pleased to get out with full points, but he’s always going to be worried about the condition of his Champions League football team. As Real Madrid look to try to hold one foot in the title race, they should be able to field a stronger side in this one. Much will obviously rely on the form of Atleti, but Los Blancos definitely can not afford to endure the campaign’s 4th home league loss here, otherwise their hopes for LaLiga will effectively be over.
On the league table, Valencia are nineteen points behind the host currently. With two victories in the last five La Liga games, following a 1-1 draw on the road with Athletic Bilbao last time out, they are unbeaten in the last two matches. However, the visitors will be coming into this match with a lukewarm firm compared to their opponents. In recent H2h games, Valencia has always been a hassle for the hosts, though they are not as dangerous away from home.
This opens doors to build more opportunities for the home team. It was a challenge to the Galacticos to play up there, and the guest is a team that has a strong La Liga counter-attack style. When it comes to goals, the Bats are having trouble, failing to score more than one in any of the last five clashes and achieving the feat twice over the last eleven. Two of the last five outings in Valencia resulted in over 2.5 goals, as three goals at both ends were witnessed.
Real Madrid – As has been the case for most of the season, Zinedine will be without Eden Hazard as well as Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola who are both injury doubts while some good news as Toni Kroos returns back from suspension and should fit right into the starting eleven. Ferland Mendy could fill in the back with Marcelo being on a treatment table.
Possible Madrid XI: Courtois; Mendy, Nacho, Varane, Odriozola; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vinicius, Benzema, Asensio
Valencia – This weekend, Hugo Guillamon will be suspended, so on-loan defender Ferro can make his center-back debut. After a long-term injury, Jasper Cillessen was passed fit this week, but Jaume Domenech should remain in goal for now. Carlos Soler is a doubt, but should start in the midfield, while Patrick Cutrone is still yet to get his debut since joining from Wolverhampton Wanderers
Possible Valencia XI: Domenech; Gaya, Ferro, Gabriel, Correia; Guedes, Racic, Soler, Wass; Vallejo, Gomez
- Three out of the last six Real Madrid matches has seen both teams score at least two times or more.
- Los Blancos have scored 37 goals in their 21 appearances so far this term while conceding just 19 goals in total.
- Valencia are winless in fourteen visits to Real Madrid’s stadium since 2008, they have also lost twenty out of twenty two away matches in La Liga this season.
- The hosts have won five of their last six league games by an average of two goals, scoring the same number in eight home matches against Valencia.
For Real Madrid, Valencia is still a formidable adversary, even in a down year. While the Bats are twelfth in the league table, earlier this season they blew out Los Blancos 4-1 at the Mestalla. On Sunday afternoon, it is very unlikely that the Bats will get the same luck, particularly because this game will be played outside the Mestalla. A home win is right on the books for Real Madrid as Zidane would love to make a statement against Valencia while keeping up with Atletico Madrid.