Real Madrid vs Valencia
SUN 14th FEB 2021 – KO 15:15pm
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Sunday afternoon, Real Madrid and Valencia go head-to-head at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, as the home side looks to avoid a repeat of the two teams last meeting in La Liga.
The reigning champions have been unconvincing this season. However, a 2-0 midweek win over Getafe last time out means that they have recorded back-to-back league wins. Despite their fortunes seemingly improving, Zinedine Zidane’s team are still five points behind league leaders and city rivals Atletico, who also have two games in hand.
The last time these two teams met in La Liga was back in November, when Los Blancos recorded a 4-1 victory, including Carlos Soler scoring a hat-trick of penalty kicks.
The reigning Spanish champions will be confident of avoiding a similar fate in this clash, especially as they have a decent recent record on home soil. In fact, the club from the Spanish capital have now won five of their last six home matches in La Liga, scoring at least two goals in each win.
Los Che are enduring a tough campaign and the visitors are just four points clear of the relegation zone in the Spanish top-flight. Javi Gracia’s team have at least picked up four points from their last two league outings after a win over Elche and a draw at Athletic Club last time out. Their record of just two wins in their last 13 matches in the Spanish top-flight is a poor one.
Valencia have struggled on their travels since last season, having won just twice in 22 away games in the Spanish top-flight.
Real Madrid are expected to still be without several players for this clash, including Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola, Daniel Carvajal, Federico Valverde, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo and Sergio Ramos.
Valencia look set to be without Mouctar Diakhaby and Jasper Cillessen due to injury.