Real Madrid vs Valladolid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in Spain’s La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as the hosts play their first league game under Santiago Solari.
DATE/TIME – Saturday 3rd November 2018, 16:15 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Bernabeu
COMPETITION – La Liga
Real Madrid take on Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu this Saturday in the first league game of Santiago Solari’s interim reign. He made a bright start with an easy Copa del Rey win in midweek and Los Blancos need to get back to winning ways in La Liga here otherwise whoever the new permanent boss is could inherit a side that is already virtually out of the title race.
It won’t be easy though against an in-form Real Valladolid side. The new boys have won 5 of their last 6 in all competitions to soar up the table and they are actually above Los Blancos heading into this. Any sort of result here would still be a bonus but they have no reason not to believe given the way they’ve gone and won games to nil at Villarreal and Real Betis in recent weeks.
An interesting side-note here is the return of Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) to the Bernabeu. He is now the majority owner of Real Valladolid and so far he will be very pleased with his investment. With Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale both firing blanks, Real Madrid might wish he was still on the pitch in the famous white shirts but there were finally positives for Real fans this week with another Brazilian striker, 18 year old Vinícius Júnior impressing in the Copa del Rey.
It’ll be fascinating to see whether he features again here. His exclusion from the first team set-up was one of many reasons why Julen Lopetegui fell out of favour and by throwing the teenager into the side again, the Bernabeu would have at least one reason to be excited about this game. That could change the whole atmosphere but either way there is still a transitional feel to Real Madrid right now and that won’t change regardless of the result here.
Real Madrid vs Valladolid Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Real Madrid
Valladolid should not be underestimated. They are a very organised team with the division’s second best defensive record so Los Blancos will have to work for their openings here. Had there not been a change in coach, they’d have fancied they might have got something the way Real have been playing. However a change at the top may bring a change in fortunes and Real Madrid should have the edge here but it could be tighter than many are expecting.
Real Madrid vs Valladolid H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 5 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Draw
- The most recent clash was a 1-1 draw at Valladolid in May 2014.
- Real Madrid have won all of their last 5 home games against Valladolid, scoring 21 goals in the process.
- Los Blancos have netted 4 goals in each of their last 3 home games against this opposition.
One to Watch – Vinícius Júnior
Vinícius Junior vs Melilla
– first Real Madrid start ✅
– first assist ?️
— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) October 31, 2018
Many Real fans will be hoping that Vinícius Júnior features again here. The 18 year old impressed in the Copa del Rey and has the raw talent to succeed in La Liga and there’s only one way to find out if he is ready.
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Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid Team:
Courtois – Odriozola, Ramos, Casemiro, Nacho – Modric, Kroos, Isco – Bale, Benzema, Asensio (4-3-3)
Masip – Moyano, Olivas, Calero, Nacho – Verde, Michel, Alcaraz, Suarez – Unal, Suarez (4-4-2)