Once a battle between fierce title rivals, fortunes are not as they once were right now for both Real Madrid and Valencia. The home team are battling to stay in the La Liga title race, while the visitors are closer to the relegation zone than they are to the top eight.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 14 February, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Valencia: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Karim Benzema put Madrid into the lead when the teams met at the Mestalla in November, but Valencia stormed back to win 4-1, with Carlos Soler netting a hat-trick of penalties.
Real Madrid v Valencia Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid may be performing well below their best at present, but Los Blancos are still in the hunt when it comes to the La Liga title. Atletico Madrid opened the door to the chasing pack on Monday night, but nothing but a win will do for Zinedine Zidane’s side against Valencia this weekend.
There’ll be little romance on the white half of Madrid this Valentine’s Day should Real fail to beat Los Che. The champions trail local rivals Atletico by five points heading into this weekend’s La Liga fixtures, but Los Blancos have played two more games than the league leaders.
Madrid need to keep winning relentlessly to stand any chance of retaining their crown. They’ve responded to their surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Levante at the end of January with back-to-back wins against Huesca and Getafe, taking them to nine victories in their last 12 games in La Liga.
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Over 3.5 goals
Real Madrid to win 3-1
Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Matches between Madrid and Valencia have often been exciting and full of goals, with 15 of the last 17 meetings between the clubs seeing both teams score. Real have won seven of those games, while Valencia have won four and there have been six draws.
Their last 18 meetings have produced 65 goals, at an average of 3.6 per game. With that in mind, an over 3.5 goals bet this weekend is 13/8 with William Hill, rising to 12/5 if you add Madrid as the winners. A both teams to score bet is 10/11.
If you’re more interested in the outright market, you can back the home team at 12/25 in this Real Madrid v Valencia preview. The visitors are 7/1, while the draw is available at 4/1. Given their current predicament, Javi Gracia would probably bite your hand off for a point prior to kick-off.
The Valencia coach has steadied the ship at the Mestalla, but Los Murcielagos remain down in 12th place in the La Liga table. They’re only four points clear of the drop zone, with European football looking highly unlikely at this stage.
Los Che have only won two of their last 13 games, sharing the spoils on seven occasions during that spell. The away team may fancy their chances of snatching something given the injury woes of their hosts, with Zidane set to be missing the likes of Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard and Lucas Vasquez for this game, as well as Rodrygo, Dani Carvajal, Federico Valverde and Eder Militao.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has 16 goals to his name in all competitions this season, and there’s plenty of pressure on the Frenchman to perform with so many of his fellow forwards out injured. Benzema scored the opener in Madrid’s 2-0 victory over neighbouring Getafe on Monday, and is 13/5 to repeat the trick here.
One to watch for Valencia: Half of Carlos Soler’s La Liga goals this season came in the reverse fixture. The Spanish midfielder has scored five penalties so far this term, and could be worth a few euros at 16/1 to break the deadlock in these Real Madrid v Valencia predictions.
Long shot: Based on past meetings between these sides, this fixture certainly has the potential for goals. Madrid have scored 12 times in their last four victories over Valencia, at an average of exactly three per game. Los Blancos beat Los Che 3-0 and 3-1 last season in the league and Super Cup, and are 21/2 to win this game 3-1. With Benzema opening the scoring, those odds rise to 44/1.