The white handkerchief’s will be out in full force at the Santiago Bernabeu if Real Madrid don’t secure the three points in La Liga this weekend. Their 3-0 loss to Eibar last weekend was one of their worst in recent memory and one that leaves them trailing top of the table Sevilla by six points. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you plenty of additional value with our comprehensive selection of enhanced odds from La Liga and across Europe’s top leagues.
Real Madrid Form
These two both played in Italy midweek as Valencia lost 1-0 at Juventus, while Real Madrid cemented their position at the top of their group with victory in Rome. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story as Roma were without their main threat Edin Dzeko, and they were guilty of missing a couple of glorious chances while the score was 0-0 in the first-half. They then gifted Gareth Bale the opening goal so overall, we’re still not completely convinced by Los Blancos under Santiago Solari.
They’ve won four of their other five games under him, but they were each matches we’d expect them to – third-tier outfit Melilla, newly promoted Valladolid, European minnows Viktoria Plzen and defensively shambolic Celta Vigo – while most recently they were thumped 3-0 at Eibar.
Valencia Are A Stubborn Outfit
Valencia’s 1-0 defeat in Turin was just their fourth from 19 this season in all competitions. They’ve proven stubborn with over half of these finishing all-square, and although their attack is yet to really flourish this term, they’re a very organised unit under Marcelino with 15 of these having fewer than three strikes. That includes nine of their last 10 in the league, as well as six of their seven away matches as Los Che have kept four consecutive clean sheets on their travels.
Real Madrid v Valencia Betting Tips
Usually up there rivalling Barcelona in the goals department, Real have struggled in this area since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo as their El Clasico rivals have netted 15 times more than them already this season. In fact, their goal difference is just +1, which is almost unheard of for Los Blancos as we approach the festive season. Four of their six matches at the Bernabeu have had fewer than three strikes, and against an organised Valencia outfit, Under 2.5 Goals looks over-priced.
Casemiro is still out for the hosts and he was sorely missed in their 3-0 defeat at Eibar as the defensive midfielder brings balance to the side. Indeed, since the since the start of last season, they’ve won just five of 11 he’s missed and so we’re looking to take Real on at the prices.
Valencia have already drawn 1-1 with Atletico and Barca this season, and travelling to the ‘Big Two’, they’ve lost by more than one goal in just two of 10 trips over the past five seasons. Furthermore, at the Bernabeu exclusively, they’ve lost just two of seven trips since 2011/12 and this is certainly the weakest Madrid team for years.
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