Every time Real Madrid loses, the media goes nuts. That’s the burden of being a powerhouse. After losing to Getafe in the first match following the La Liga break, los Blancos will play host to Valencia, who beat them twice in their last six meetings.
Losing again would give Sevilla the opportunity to move closer to first place. On the other hand, Valencia is aiming to get into the top five. If you’re a soccer betting enthusiast, you won’t find a more interesting game to bet on than this one.
Real Madrid on Top
No La Liga team won all its games so there’s no need to panic, but Real Madrid does need to be careful. They still own a five-point lead at the top, but they’ve played one more game than Sevilla.
I didn’t expect Getafe to beat Real Madrid, but the first game after a break is always tricky. Plus, los Blancos were missing Vinicius Junior, Dani Carvajal, Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic. Only Karim Benzema (15) has scored more goals than Junior (10).
Los Blancos regained some confidence by beating Alcoyano midweek in the Copa del Rey Round of 32. They won 3-1 with goals from Eder Militao, Marco Asensio and Jose Figueras (own goal). Several starters got some rest, so it was like a double win.
Both of Real Madrid’s losses were on the road, so playing at home does really increase its betting online value. In fact, they remain unbeaten at Santiago Bernabeu with a 6-3-0 record. The defense also feels more comfortable at home as it didn’t allow a single goal in their last three games.
Real Madrid’s predicted lineup: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema.
Valencia on Rise
Yes, Valencia lost its last game 2-1 to Espanyol, but prior to that it didn’t lose in seven straight matches. During that streak, they defeated Villarreal and drew to Atletico Madrid, two major forces in La Liga.
As expected, Carlos Soler is having a very good season. He’s the team’s top scorer with seven goals followed by Goncalo Guedes with six. Both are really fast, so Madrid’s center backs could have some trouble containing them.
We’re talking about a well-balanced team, so balanced that their road record is 3-3-3. Overall, they’ve won 56 percent of their matches since Jose Bordalas took over and it wouldn’t be wise to underestimate them.
Midweek, they also advanced in the Copa del Rey after beating Cartagena 2-1. Several starters also got some rest, but some had to play to save the day. They won thanks to a 93rd-minute goal from Denis Cheryshev. Being eliminated would have been a catastrophe.
Hugo Duro can’t play due to suspension but the rest of the team is ready to go.
Valencia’s predicted lineup: Jasper Cillessen; Thierry Correia, Hugo Guillamon, Oscar Alderete, Jesus Vazquez; Helder Costa, Carlos Soler, Denis Cheryshev, Daniel Wass; Maximiliano Gomez, Goncalo Guedes.
Real Madrid vs Valencia Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 192
- Real Madrid Victories: 102 (358 goals)
- Valencia Victories: 51 (240 goals)
- Draws: 39
Valencia opened the can thanks to Duro, but Junior and Benzema turned things around for Madrid. Junior scored with four minutes left on the clock while Benzema struck with two minutes remaining.
Real Madrid vs Valencia Information
- Date: Saturday
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
- Real Madrid vs Valencia Live Stream: fuboTV
Real Madrid vs Valencia Betting Lines
|Real Madrid||-1½ +110||-275||3 -105o||2½ +140o/-170u|
|Valencia||-1½ -130||+750||3 -115u||½ -140o/+110u|
Real Madrid vs Valencia Prediction
I expect Real Madrid to return to the winning column, but it won’t be easy. Several players will be back after missing their last game, but they need some time to regain their best form. Even so, having a deeper roster will make the difference.
Valencia is well known for relying on the counter-attack, but this time it won’t be enough, not even to score. That’s why, aside from Madrid winning, our football prediction includes the total going under.
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 1, Valencia 0