Valencia vs Real Madrid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as Los Blancos travel to Mestalla.
|Date||Sunday 19th September 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
Valencia vs Real Madrid Preview
Sunday’s action in LaLiga rounds off with a mouthwatering clash at Mestalla as Jose Bordalas’ in-form Valencia side play host to Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid. Los Che have made a terrific start under their new boss and victory here would mark a real statement of intent that they are perhaps going to be a force to be reckoned with again this season.
The early signs are certainly promising. There were doubts as to whether this Valencia squad would warm to Bordalas and buy into his ideas but that certainly seems to have happened. In terms of the fanbases, any initial doubts over the former Getafe boss have been eased significantly and victory over Real Madrid could really have a transformational effect in terms of the Valencia fans really getting behind this on-pitch project, even if the resentment towards the owners will certainly continue.
Valencia have 10 points from 4 games so far, an identical record to their opponents. Significantly they’ve not just been grinding out results but winning pretty convincingly. They come into this following a 3-0 win over Alaves and 4-1 win at Osasuna with the likes of Carlos Soler, Maxi Gomez and Goncalo Guedes all shining under the new regime so far.
They will fancy they can ask questions of what has at times looked a slightly shaky Real Madrid defence. However purely in terms of results, it has been a terrific start to Ancelotti’s second reign. The only dropped points in LaLiga came in that 3-3 draw in this city against Levante and they got their Champions League campaign underway with a 1-0 victory away to primary group rivals Inter.
That result immediately eases the pressure in terms of securing European progression and that could be a significant advantage in terms of the title race as their main rivals look like they will have a much harder time of negotiating the group stage. Real Madrid were also 5-2 victors last weekend against Celta Vigo in LaLiga thanks to a fine Second Half comeback and a hat-trick from Karim Benzema but this will be their toughest domestic test of the season to date.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Valencia Wins, 3 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Draw.
- All of the last 5 meetings at Mestalla have seen both teams score.
- Real Madrid have only collected 1 point from their last 3 league visits here.
- They were beaten 4-1 on this ground last season.
Denis Cheryshev has picked up an injury which is set to rule the winger out for several weeks. Otherwise Valencia have no fresh problems.
Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale remain out for the visitors. Ferland Mendy is a doubt.
Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:
Mamardashvili – Gaya, Alderete, Gabriel, Correia – Foulquier, Wass, Guillamon, Soler – Gomez, Guedes (4-4-2)
Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:
Courtois – Alaba, Nacho, Militao, Carvajal – Casemiro, Modric, Valverde – Vini, Benzema, Hazard (4-3-3)
Valencia vs Real Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid
Valencia are playing with real belief and are clearly on a roll and they certainly look capable of getting something from this game. Los Blancos may control large chunks of the match with a bit more midfield quality, but Valencia could still have a lot of joy with Guedes on the break or playing direct into Maxi Gomez. Real Madrid’s new-look defence will get a real test here and they could potentially suffer their first defeat under Carlo Ancelotti.