Real Madrid travel to Valencia on Sunday evening for their fifth La Liga game of the season. Los Blancos are travelling to Italy midweek when they’ll face Inter for their Champions League opener, while Valencia will have a full week to prepare for the clash after missing on European places last term. Both sides started the season strongly after winning three and drawing one of their first four games, so expect a tight clash between two teams in good shape.
Where and when: Mestalla – 19 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Valencia vs. Real Madrid: La Liga TV
Last time: Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos were on target when Real Madrid beat Valencia 2-0 last time out. The game took place at Santiago Bernabeu back in February and was part of Los Blancos’ 22-games unbeaten streak in La Liga that is still valid.
Valencia v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Karim Benzema scored a hattrick in Real Madrid’s last victory – a 5-2 trashing over Celta last weekend. The Frenchman continues his fine form for Los Blancos this term, as he already has five goals in four La Liga games. The 33-year-old will be confident to continue his exploits on Sunday when Los Blancos visit Valencia, as the Benzema has netted 12 times against them in his career.
Real Madrid won their last meeting against Valencia by 2-0 at Santiago Bernabeu back in February, but they have only two victories in their last seven visits at Mestalla. Los Blancos are undefeated in their last 17 away games in La Liga, so Carlo Ancelotti will be confident going into the clash.
The Italian tactician will have to do without Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos, as the trio is recovering from injuries. Kroos absence is undoubtedly the biggest concern for Ancelotti, as although Bale has been in fine form and even scored a goal, the German midfielder remains a key cog in Real’s game plan.
Los Blancos won their last away against Real Betis by 1-0, but they also drew 3-3 against Levante a week earlier, so it’s uncertain which face of Real Madrid we’ll see on Sunday. The Spanish giants travel to Milan where they’ll face Serie A champions Inter on Wednesday, so it remains to be seen how this will influence their performance and if Ancelotti will make any rotations against Valencia.
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Real Madrid to win
Over 2.5 goals
Benzema to score first
Jose Bordalas has done wonders since joining Valencia in the summer, as the ex-Getafe coach is yet to lose a game with his new team. Valencia earned 10 points from their opening four games, which is very impressive, considering they finished 13-th and won just two of their last 10 La Liga games last term.
Valencia have scored nine goals and conceded just two since the start of the season. Brordalas’ side beat Osasuna 4-1 away from home in their last game, despite falling behind after just eight minutes. At home, Valencia are yet to concede a goal, as Carlos Soler scored a penalty for a 1-0 win over Getafe in their La Liga opener, while Alaves were trashed 3-0 with Soler once again finding the back of the net alongside Goncalo Guedes and Daniel Wass
Despite Valencia’s good form since the start of the season, Real Madrid are firm 10/11 favourites with William Hill to get the three points on Sunday. The draw is priced at 27/10, while a victory for the hosts can be backed at 29/10.
One to watch for Valencia: Carlos Soler scored a hattrick in Valencia’s shocking 4-1 victory over Real Madrid at Mestalla last term. All of his strikes were from penalties in that game, but the 24-year-old midfielder already has three strikes this term, so keep an eye on him in the first scorer market this weekend.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has five goals in four La Liga games this term. The Frenchman has 12 goals in his career against Valencia and has scored the opener in the last three games between Real and the Bats, so at 10/3 he is the main favourite to do the same on Sunday.
Long shot: Real Madrid’s last victory away to Valencia was back in January 2020, when Los Blancos won by 3-1. A repeat of that result is available at 14/1, while it raises to 64/1 if you pair this with Karim Benzema to score the opener.