Real Madrid vs Valencia: prediction for the La Liga fixture
Real Madrid are trailing Barcelona by five points now. Will Valencia snatch any points from an away game on February 2? The answer is in our prediction.
Carlo Ancelotti called a Sunday game against Real Sociedad one of team's finest in the current season. First goalless game at Santiago Bernabeu led to a draw. After that match, the Blancos are five points behind Barcelona. Now Real Madrid have no margin for error.
Capital club didn't lose to Valencia at home since 2008. After 18 matches of the current season the Whites have 13 victories and three draws, delivering 42 points and a 2nd position in the standings. Team also has the best offensive record in the league with 38 goals. Last week, Madrid team narrowly beat Atletico in extra-time and advanced into the semi-final of Copa del Rey.
Alaba, Lucas and Mendy will miss the upcoming game.
Last weekend, Valencia lost the game against Valladolid at the last minute (0:1). Team is still chasing a first victory after the World Cup, but now visitors are without a head coach. After a devastating defeat, followed by a confrontation with cameraman, Gennaro Gattuso left the club. The Oranges are going into this game just one point clear of the relegation zone.
Valencia captain Toni Lato admits that «it's a frustrating time», team is unable to find an away victory since the beginning of October. Moreover, in three of four latest matches they conceded after 85th minute, which costed them four points in La Liga. Interim head coach Voro Gonzalez, who had been team's caretaker for a number of times in last 15 years, needs his players to be concentrated for all 90 minutes. After 18 matches, the Bats have five victories and five draws, delivering 20 points and a 14th position in the standings.
Gaya, Correia, Nico and Domenech will miss the upcoming game.
Ставка Goals in both halves - no
This bet played in two latest matches of the visitors
Ставка Corners: total under 9,5
Two latest matches of Real Madrid finished by that result
Ставка Yellow cards: total over 5
This bet played in 3 of 5 latest matches of the visitors
Ставка Correct score 3:0
Real didn't lose in 3 of 5 latest head-to-head matches
Visitors played poorly in recent matches and situation is unlikely to change after Gattuso's departure. Real have a better line-up and home advantage will surely help them to beat Valencia.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (-1) on Real Madrid
We are expecting a full domination from the hosts today. The Whites should be able to win by a wide margin. Madrid side won 2 of 5 latest head-to-head matches by three goals and we are expecting the same result here.
Our second bet is on Real Madrid to win by three goals