Real Madrid continue their pursuit of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid when they visit Real Valladolid on Saturday night. Los Blancos have got to keep on winning if they’re to stand any chance of retaining the title, and they’re expected to do so this weekend against an out-of-form Valladolid.
Where and when: Estadio Jose Zorrilla – 20 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Valladolid vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Vinicius Junior netted the only goal of the game in the 65th minute, as Madrid beat Valladolid 1-0 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano at the end of September.
Real Valladolid v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Valladolid may be owned by former Real Madrid hero and Brazil legend Ronaldo, but the Pucela will be in no mood to do their visitors any favours this weekend. Los Blanquivioletas enter this game in the La Liga relegation zone, and they could do without a game against the champions.
Madrid may have made a mess of their title defence, but Zinedine Zidane’s side have found some form of late. Los Blancos have only lost one of their last 13 La Liga fixtures, winning 10. That includes victories in each of their last three matches, following their shock 2-1 defeat at home to Levante at the end of January.
Zidane will no doubt have one eye on next week’s Champions League tie against Atalanta, although injuries mean the Madrid boss is restricted in terms of rotation. Marcelo has joined fellow defenders Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Eder Militao in the physio room, while Rodrygo, Federico Valverde and Alvaro Odriozola are all currently sidelined too.
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Real Madrid to win and BTTS
Real Madrid to win 3-1
Benzema to score first
Despite that, the away team come into this Real Valladolid v Real Madrid preview as the 1/2 favourites with William Hill. The champions are unbeaten in their last 12 matches against Valladolid, winning 10 of those. Los Blancos have scored 31 goals and conceded 11 across those 12 fixtures.
Averaging out at exactly 3.5 goals per game, an over 3.5 goals bet this weekend could be worth a look with so many Madrid defenders out injured. That’s priced at 2/1, while Valladolid are 33/5 in the outright market for Saturday’s clash.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side are on a run of six games without a win, while Los Blanquivioletas have only won one of their last 10 matches in the league. Valladolid have drawn five of those, and the home team are 7/2 to get a fourth draw in six games this weekend. Given their form and record against Madrid, that would be an excellent result for the Pucela.
One to watch for Real Valladolid: Marcos Andre scored all three of his La Liga goals this season in successive matches in November. Sergio needs the Brazilian to fire if his team are going to beat the drop, with Maranhao priced at 17/2 for the opening goal on Saturday night.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema is the 14/5 favourite to open the scoring in these Real Valladolid v Real Madrid predictions. The French striker is on 17 goals for the season in all competitions, and has scored four goals in his last four games. That includes the opener in each of Madrid’s last two matches.
Long shot: The last three meetings between these teams have only produced four goals, but they were often high-scoring before that. A 3-1 Madrid victory is 12/1 this weekend, rising to 48/1 if you include Benzema as the first scorer.