Real Madrid vs Valencia Match Preview & Prediction

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Real Madrid vs Valencia predictions, H2H and match preview for this Thursday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as Los Blancos face a real test at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano.

by Mark Sochon (@marksoc1)

Real Madrid vs Valencia predictions

Real Madrid vs Valencia Preview

The final game of this matchday in LaLiga could be the best of the bunch as Valencia travel to the capital to take on Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano. Los Blancos once again find themselves playing catch up on Barcelona and there is little margin for error here with the Catalans currently 5 points clear at the top, having played a game more.

Real Madrid were victorious on their first outing at their temporary new home. They dominated the 1st Half against Eibar, going 3-0 up in what at times had the feel of a training match at what is their training complex. However the Basques were the better side for much of the 2nd Half of the game which ended up 3-1 and Zinedine Zidane reportedly let his displeasure known to their dressing room at Full-Time.

Valencia meanwhile returned to action last Friday with their derby clash against Levante. Having been frustrated for 89 minutes by their city rivals, Valencia finally struck through Rodrigo Moreno, only to concede an even later penalty and be held to a 1-1 draw. That was not the start they were looking for with plenty of work to do already in order to haul themselves into serious top four contention.

With plenty of pace in their side, they are often an effective counter-attacking team though which could make them dangerous opponents for Real Madrid here. They’ve also had the longest break between their first and second match of any team in LaLiga so there is less pressure on Albert Celades to rotate.

Real Madrid may bring in the likes of Isco and Fede Valverde for this one with a switch to something more akin to a 4-3-1-2 likely. They also have an injury doubt over Dani Carvajal so Eder Militao may start at right-back.

Read more: La Liga matchday 28 Review

Real Madrid vs Valencia Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Real Madrid

This will be a genuine test for Real Madrid but in many respects they are the best equipped team in LaLiga to cope with this busy period with so much strength in depth in their ranks. There is quality in this Valencia squad too and they have fewer injury concerns now but it’s still a team that has only won 1 of their last 9 competitive games and Real Madrid should have enough to secure maximum points.

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Real Madrid vs Valencia H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Valencia Win, 2 Draws.
  • Real Madrid have won 3 of their last 4 home games against Valencia.
  • However Los Che have scored twice in 4 of their last 6 away games against Real.
  • The sides last met in Saudi Arabia in the Supercopa with Real Madrid winning 3-1.

Predicted Line Ups

Madrid Team:

Courtois – Mendy, Ramos, Varane, Militao – Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos – Isco – Benzema, Hazard (4-3-1-2)

Valencia Team:

Cillessen – Gaya, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Wass – Guedes, Kondogbia, Parejo, Ferran – Gomez, Rodrigo (4-4-2)

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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has been writing about Spanish football since 2014 and regularly attends and covers matches across Spain. His work has also been published by various newspapers and websites including These Football Times, World Soccer and Guardian Sport. Available for freelance work: marksochon (at)