European champions Real Madrid will look to move away from their crisis as they host high-flying Real Valladolid on Saturday afternoon. Despite the contrasting form of the two teams, Madrid will be favourites to secure three points.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid – 3 November, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid: William Hill
Last time: Valladolid held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla in their last meeting, back in May 2014. That result derailed Madrid’s title challenge, allowing city rivals Atletico to go on and lift their famous title.
|Over 2.5 goals||1/3||Offer|
|Real Valladolid double chance||4/1||Offer|
|Gareth Bale anytime scorer||11/20||Offer|
Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid Predictions and Preview
Few would have predicted that after ten rounds of La Liga fixtures, Real Madrid would lie three places behind newly-promoted Real Valladolid in the standings.
The last five games has seen an incredible contrast in form between the two, with Valladolid picking up a whopping 13 points while Madrid have collected just one.
That has seen Coach Julen Lopetegui unsurprisingly fired with Santiago Solari appointed on an interim basis and the Argentine looks set to be at the helm for this one.
The visiting team are now led in the boardroom by former Madrid striker Ronaldo Nazario and have conceded just twice in their last five games.
It is perhaps somewhat surprising that it is the home side who are still strong favourites to win this encounter at odds of 1/8, with Valladolid priced at 14/1 and the draw available at 8/1.
These fixtures tend to produce goals with 29 going in across the last six meetings, so over 2.5 goals at 1/3 appears to be a solid bet with over 3.5 at 17/20.
A ‘double chance’ on Valladolid to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 4/1 while a Madrid win/draw outcome is at 1/40.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 1/2.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has gone six games without a goal after netting ten goals in ten appearances for Madrid. He will be looking to rediscover his goalscoring touch here, opponents whom his only home appearance against has produced a hat-trick and he is 11/20 to score anytime.
One to watch for Real Valladolid: Turkish striker Enes Unal is the dangerman for the visitors with two goals in eight appearances since his summer loan switch from Villarreal. He is priced at 17/4 to score in this game.
Long shot: These two sides have not shared a goalless encounter since 2005 in a Copa del Rey tie, but Madrid’s struggles in the final third coupled with a deep-lying visiting defence mean it is a possibility in this clash. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 40/1.