Valencia v Real Madrid

BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW

On Sunday night, Valencia host Real Madrid at the Mestalla, in the game of the weekend from La Liga.

The home side has hit form of late in the Spanish top-flight. In fact, a 4-2 win at Levante last time out in the league means that Los Ches have recorded wins in four of their last five league matches.

One of the keys to the improvement in form for Albert Celades’ side is that they have become prolific in front of goal of late, scoring at least twice in all four of those recent home wins.

Los Ches’ recent La Liga record is a solid one at the Mestalla, as they are unbeaten in nine matches, having collected three wins from their last four games on home soil.

Real Madrid look determined to give reigning champions Barcelona a run for their money this season. Los Blancos are level on points with their great rivals, but second in the table courtesy of inferior goal difference.

Zinedine Zidane’s team are in good form, as the team from the capital have won five of their last six league matches while scoring at least two goals in each victory.

However, the visitor's recent record on their travels in La Liga is a mixed one, as they have won just four of their last 12 away games. Los Blancos’ recent away matches have been relatively high-scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in five of their last eight matches.

TEAM NEWS

Valencia are expected to be without Denis Cheryshev, Cristiano Piccini, Goncalo Guedes and Kang-in Lee due to injury.

For Real Madrid, Ferland Mendy is suspended, while James Rodriguez, Marcelo, Lucas Vazquez, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio all could miss out due to injury.

Match Prediction

Valencia are strong on home soil and I can see Los Ches holding the in-form visitors to a draw.

11/4 Odds

PREDICTION – DRAW

Odds correct at time of publication – please check with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.