La Liga’s standout fixture of the weekend sees a battle between two of the top four as Real Madrid travel to Estadio de Mestalla on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be slight favourites against a Valencia side who have lost four of their last seven league matches.
Where and when: Estadio de Mestalla – 27 January, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Valencia v Real Madrid: Sky Sports, William Hill live streaming
Last time: Marco Asensio netted either side of goals from Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia as the two played out a pulsating 2-2 draw in Madrid in the second matchday of the campaign. Madrid lost 2-1 at the Mestalla last season.
Valencia v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
These sides lie a respective 14 and 19 points off league leaders Barcelona and are now playing exclusively for positions in La Liga’s top four and guaranteed Champions League qualification.
Valencia navigated the first 13 league matches of the season without losing but have since sustained four defeats in seven, while Madrid are equally off form – winning just two of their last six in La Liga.
It is hard to call a favourite for this game, although Madrid may fancy themselves slightly more than the hosts despite not possessing home advantage and lying one place behind in the standings.
The price of Zinedine Zidane’s side to pick up three points is at 4/6, while a home win is available at 15/4 with the draw at 10/3.
These are two of the three highest scoring sides in La Liga so goals are likely, over 3.5 goals is priced at 5/6 while more than 4.5 goals is available at 2/1.
Both teams to score can be found at odds of 5/12.
One to watch for Valencia: Rodrigo Moreno has scored 12 goals for Los Che this season including in two of his last three outings and he is priced at 11/5 to find the net anytime in this game.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale was restored to Madrid’s starting line-up against Celta Vigo three matchdays ago and has scored four goals since. With six league goals in six starts, he is 21/20 to score anytime here.
Long shot: Real Madrid took an early lead in this tie at the Bernabeu but needed a late equaliser to salvage a point. For Los Blancos to lead at half time before losing is an outside price of 40/1.