A fresh start or a false dawn? Real Madrid will hope another late show in the Champions League inspires them to a positive run of form, but Valencia are looking to plunge the La Liga champions back into the mire this weekend.
Where and when: Mestalla – 8 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Valencia vs. Real Madrid: Premier Sports, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Real Madrid scored three times in the final half hour to beat Valencia 3-0 at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in June.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have scored six goals and conceded only one in winning each of their last two games against Valencia, with one of those fixtures in last season’s Super Cup. The teams drew 1-1 at the Mestalla last term, with Los Che beating Los Blancos 2-1 at the same ground the campaign before.
That said, Javi Gracia’s side are mired in controversy at present. Valencia have off-field issues and are without a win in their last four games, with last weekend’s 2-2 draw at home to Getafe ending a run of three straight defeats. Los Murcielagos have only won two of their opening eight La Liga fixtures, losing four.
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Real, meanwhile, have only lost once. That shocking 1-0 home defeat to Cadiz aside, Los Blancos have been returning the results in the league, despite their under-par performances. In spite of their struggles and lack of summer signings, Zinedine Zidane’s side have won five of their first seven matches, while their midweek Champions League performance should inspire some confidence.
They may have thrown away a 2-0 lead and ridden their luck at times, but Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over a decent Inter Milan side showed plenty of resolve – not to mention an assist for the late winner from under-fire Vinicius Junior, a player under real scrutiny following his criticism from Karim Benzema.
More interventions like that and positive results will only help Madrid regain their mojo, as they look to mount a title defence in a season which looks set to be a strange and open one. The visitors are the 13/25 favourites to pick up the win here. The hosts, meanwhile, are out at 11/2 with William Hill in these Valencia v Real Madrid predictions, while you can back the draw at 19/5.
One to watch for Valencia: Maxi Gomez reached double figures for Valencia in his first season with the club last term, and has made a good start to the new campaign. He’s looking to beat his tally from last time round and has three in seven so far, with Gomez available at 8/1 to open the scoring on Sunday night.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has four goals in his last three games against Valencia, including the opener last time out and a 95th-minute equaliser in last season’s corresponding fixture. The Frenchman is the 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock in this game, after also doing so against Inter in midweek.
Long shot: Real Madrid have scored three times in each of their last two games against Valencia, and come into this game on the back of 12 goals in their last four matches – an average of exactly three per game. Los Blancos are 21/2 to win this game 3-1, rising to 48/1 if you add Benzema as the first scorer.