Real Madrid vs Valencia predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Los Che travel to the Bernabeu.
|Saturday 8th January 2022
|21:00 (local time)
Real Madrid vs Valencia Preview
Saturday’s action in LaLiga concludes at the Santiago Bernabeu where leaders Real Madrid are hoping to get back to winning ways in the league. Valencia will view this game as something of a free hit as they bid to push for European qualification in 2022.
Having reeled off 10 straight wins in all competitions between late October and December, Real Madrid have endured a mini wobble in recent weeks, dropping points in two of their last three league games. They started the new year with a surprise 1-0 defeat at Getafe and while it’s hardly time to panic, talk of a title procession seems somewhat premature with Sevilla just five points behind Los Blancos and boasting a game in hand.
They did lay one ghost to rest in midweek by winning 3-1 at Alcoyano in the Copa del Rey on the same ground where they surprisingly perished in last season’s competition. The domestic cups are going to be a significant subplot for Los Blancos over the next few weeks with a Supercopa Clasico immediately following this match but Carlo Ancelotti will be determined that his side heads to Saudi Arabia having put three points on the board and the return of Vini Junior to the eleven should help them do that.
That being said, we’d expect Jose Bordalas’ Valencia to drop quite deep here and play on the break and Vini isn’t always as effective in those kinds of games. The visitors are in good form too with just 1 defeat in their last 11 games in all competitions in a run that stretches back to October. That solitary loss did come last weekend though as Espanyol came from behind to win 2-1 at Mestalla.
They bounced back by winning 2-1 at Cartagena in the Copa del Rey in midweek but it was a bittersweet occasion as key midfielder Carlos Soler picked up an injury which rules him out of this game. Along with Soler, Hugo Duro has been one of Valencia’s main goal threats of late, but he is also missing here so Bordalas has to look for fresh solutions in an attacking sense and much of their threat here may come from the pace of Goncalo Guedes on the counter.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Real Madrid Wins, 1 Valencia Win, 1 Draw.
- Real Madrid are unbeaten in 15 home games against Valencia.
- They’ve won their last 3 home games against this opposition to nil.
- They’ve won 4 of the last 5 overall with the exception being a 4-1 loss at Mestalla in 2020.
Real Madrid’s Covid problems have mostly cleared up but Luka Jovic remains a doubt. Dani Carvajal is an injury doubt still too.
Carlos Soler, Hugo Duro and Gabriel Paulista are all out injured for Los Che. Toni Lato is a doubt.
Real Madrid vs Valencia Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia
Valencia have been better than many expected this season and their recent results suggest they are capable of giving Real Madrid a good test here. However Los Blancos have been the class act in Spain this season and with what should be very close to their strongest XI out, they ought to edge past Valencia here and claim an important three points.
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