The last La Liga game Real Madrid played, they lost 3:0. And the opponent was Eibar. But, then, they beat AS Roma 2:0 in the Champions League. So, what to expect from them in the game against Valencia played at Santiago Bernabeu this Saturday evening? Find it out in Real Madrid vs Valencia prediction & betting tips!
Even though Los Blancos have been dealing with all sorts of problems since the season started, the title race is not yet over for them. They have 6 points less than the table leaders Sevilla and 5 less than their biggest rival, Barcelona. But, at the same time, Real Madrid have only 3 points more than their next opponent, Valencia. This means that if Los Blancos lose on Saturday, they could drop to the lower half of the table.
Obviously, everything is still pretty much open. This is why Real Madrid will surely take this game seriously. And considering that they made a big win earlier this week in the Champions League, they now have a good mood ahead of the game.
And because they play at home, Real Madrid need to be considered the favorite here. Santiago Bernabeu is the place where they won 4 out of 6 matches this season in La Liga, with the total goal difference of 10:3. An even more impressive fact is that Real Madrid haven’t lost to Valencia at home for more than a full decade.
Valencia is the team that played draw 8 times in 13 rounds of La Liga. And I think they’d be very satisfied if they played draw with Real Madrid on Saturday. What gives them hope ahead of the game with Real Madrid is that their defense has been pretty good lately. They allowed only 3 goals in the previous 8 games. And one of those games was a Champions League game against Juventus played in Turin. The match happened this Tuesday and the score was 1:0 Juve.
Therefore, we can predict what’s going to happen on Saturday evening – Real Madrid are going to attack, Valencia are going to defend with all they got. And they got a pretty good defense, led by Brazilian goalie, Neto. There’s also his countryman, central defender, Gabriel Paulista, as well as talented Spaniard, Jose Gaya.
But, what about their attack? Can they find Real Madrid’s net? Well, although it’s true that they have a number of talented players in the final third, e.g. Gameiro, Batshuayi, Rodrigo, Santi Mina, they are not in a very good run. In fact, these four guys have scored only 6 goals combined.
Real Madrid absentees:
- Casemiro (injury)
- Nachoo (injury)
- Odriozola (injury)
- Ezequiel Garay (injury)
- Dmitry Cheryshev (doubtful)
Courtois – Ramos, Varane, Carvajal, Marcelo – Kroos, Modric, Isco – Vazquez, Bale, Benzema
Neto – Paulista, Diakhaby, Wass, Gaya – Kndogbia, Coquelin, Parejo, Guedes – Rodrigo, Santi Mina
Real Madrid vs Valencia Prediction
Valencia have no other option but to try to protect their goal with all they have. But, the question is can they keep their net intact at the Santiago Bernabeu? Real Madrid have always been fantastic when playing in front of their own crowd, which is why I believe they will win this match without too many problems. Still, I don’t think Valencia will get humiliated this weekend. I think we won’t see more than 2 or 3 goals in their net.
Real Madrid vs Valencia Betting Tips
- Real Madrid @1.44 (bet365)
- Under 3.5 Goals @1.64 (William Hill)