2018-19 Copa del Rey winners Valencia battle Real Madrid in the last-four of the revamped Spanish Super Cup. Los Che famously beat Barcelona 2-1 in May to claim their first piece of silverware since 2008, while Los Merengues take their place in the tournament alongside bitter foes Atletico as the two highest ranked sides in last term’s La Liga not to feature in the domestic final.
Where and when: King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah – 8 January, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Valencia vs. Real Madrid: William Hill live streaming
Last time: The sides met at the Mestalla three weeks ago and Carlos Soler thought he had won in for Los Che with ten minutes remaining, until Karim Benzema’s dramatic 95th minute equaliser.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Sergio Ramos to score anytime||10/3||Offer|
|Valencia to win and both teams to score||11/2||Offer|
|Real Madrid to win 2-1||7/1||Offer|
Valencia vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Valencia have been in stellar form for the best part of two months, claiming seven wins and four draws from their last 12 matches in all competitions. Initially viewed as a safe pair of hands, the upturn in both performance and results has vindicated the appointment of Albert Celades, who replaced Marcelino in September.
Celades, of course, is no stranger to Real Madrid, having turned out for Los Blancos between 2000-2005, winning two league titles and one Champions League and the Spaniard will come up against an old team-mate and friend in the opposing dugout.
Los Che have been dealt a real blow with the news striker Rodrigo is expected to miss out. The former Madrid youth prospect sprained his knee in the recent 1-0 victory against Eibar and is likely to be replaced by either Kevin Gameiro or Denis Cheryshev.
Celades is able to call on the services of his other first choice forward, and top goalscorer, Maxi Gomez, and the Uruguayan is 5/1 to open proceedings. Valencia are 14/5 to emerge victorious in regulation time and 9/4 outright.
Real Madrid also clinched three points before jetting off to Western Asia. Zinedine Zidane’s troops beat Getafe 3-0 as Isco and Gareth Bale got rare run-outs, while skipper Ramos enjoyed a rare breather.
Brazilian prodigies Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior should also return to the side and can be found at 9/5 and 2/1, respectively, to bag anytime. Los Blancos are 4/5 to advance in 90 minutes and 1/3 via extra-time or penalties.
One to watch for Valencia: Daniel Parejo has 11 goal contributions to his name and is deserving of his place in the national setup. The midfielder is an attractive 13/1 to score last.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Much to his displeasure, Bale is still plying his trade with Los Merengues, but he remains an asset, particularly after the break with his pace. The Welshman is 5/1 to register the final goal in normal time.
Long shot: Domestically, Valencia continue to climb the table, and it is only a matter of time before they enter the Champions League equation. Los Che, along with their opponents on the night, and Barcelona, are the three in-form clubs in La Liga, and this semi-final has all the makings of a classic. A 2-2 final score at full-time is 12/1.