HomeEden HazardValencia vs Real Madrid: Preview, team news, predicted XI...

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Preview, team news, predicted XI and more | La Liga 2020-21

- Advertisement -

Valencia vs Real Madrid

Time – India: 1:30 AM (Monday); UK: 8:00 PM (Sunday) 
Venue: Mestalla
Referee: Jesus Gil

- Advertisement -

Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have once again emerged as the most dominant force in Spain this season. After their unlikely La Liga success the last term, many expected Real Madrid to find it difficult to make their mark in the Spanish top-flight, especially against a “rejuvenated” Barcelona.

But so far, Los Blancos have managed to prove their doubters wrong. 

After bagging two successive wins in the Spanish top-division, Real Madrid will make the tricky trip to Valencia, hoping to extend their winning run to three in the division. Valencia haven’t exactly been in the best of forms, but we can never count out the threat they carry at home. 

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head

Total matches: 50

Valencia wins: 10

Real Madrid wins: 28

Draws: 12

On paper, Real Madrid seem to be the much better team; and it’s hard to refute that claim. However, despite the overwhelming numbers, Real Madrid hardly enjoy smooth sailing against Valencia. 

Their last meeting ended in a 3-0 win for Real Madrid at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium. At Mestalla, last year, Valencia held the eventual champions to a 1-1 draw.

Valencia’s last win over Real Madrid came at the Mestalla itself. On April 4th, 2019, Valencia beat Los Merengues 2-1, with goals from Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay edging the hosts to all three points. 

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Recent form

Valencia: D-L-L-L-W (Most recent first)

Real Madrid: W-W-D-W-L (Most recent first)

Valencia started the campaign with a thrilling 4-2 win over Levante. Surprisingly, they failed to keep the momentum alive and fell to a defeat at Celta Vigo. Since the defeat, they have conjured two draws and a win, losing the remaining three matches. 

Elsewhere, Real Madrid fell to a shocking defeat against Cadiz on October 17th, but the Whites have bounced back strongly since then — in the league, at least.

They beat Barcelona and Huesca convincingly in their last two La Liga matches and look poised to bag their third successive win of the campaign. 

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Team news

Valencia

The hosts, fortunately, doesn’t have a long list of absentees. They are set to miss centre-back Mouctar Diakhaby, who is set to return during the international break.

Central midfielder, Vicente Esquerdo also remains a doubt for the game. Thierry Correia, who picked up a second yellow against Getafe will also miss the game. 

Absentees: Mouctar Diakhaby, Thierry Correia 

Doubtful: Vicente Esquerdo

Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s first-choice right-back, Dani Carvajal, remains sidelined and is set to miss the trip to Valencia. Eder Militao picked up an injury and remains a doubt for the game.

Nacho Fernandez is yet to rejoin first-team training and will remain absent. Alvaro Odriozola has trained with the team but could sit this one out. 

In other news, Eden Hazard and Casemiro have tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the trip to Mestalla.

Absentees: Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Eden Hazard, Casemiro

Doubtful:  Alvaro Odriozola, Eder Militao

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Probable XI

Valencia: Jaume; Racic, Paulista, Guillamon, Gaya; Seoane, Musah, Soler, Wass, Cheryshev; Lee, Gomez; 

Real Madrid: Courtois; Vazquez, Ramos, Varane, Mendy; Modric, Kroos, Valverde, Vinicius, Benzema, Asensio;

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Where to watch

India: No Telecast 

UK: La Liga TV (Premier Sports)

Stream in India: Facebook Watch on Facebook

Stream in the UK: Premier Sports Player

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Prediction

Real Madrid and Valencia have played out some fantastic fixtures over the years, and we expect another nail-biting tussle on Sunday night. The visitors have the upper hand in terms of form and quality, but Valencia can never be taken lightly.

Real Madrid’s lapses in defence would serve as an encouragement to Valencia and an early goal could very well change the complexion of the match. Los Blancos could suffer, but should narrowly come away with all three points. 

Valencia vs Real Madrid predicted scoreline: 1-2

Also Read: Barcelona vs Real Betis: Preview, team news, predicted XI and more | La Liga 2020-21

- Advertisement -

15 Highly Educated Cricketers Of All Time

Cricket is a game of passion and dedication. A sport in which one involves themselves in camps and practice since early childhood. Due to...

Do we often under-appreciate Andy Flower? What’s his legacy?

There's a hint of sadness in noting that Zimbabwe has never been a dominant power in world cricket. But nothing could be sadder than...

Why are more and more MotoGP riders using the Noson nasal dilator?

Introduction MotoGP riders or athletes are physically fit and healthy individuals and their muscles are continuously functioning and used during the performance. As a fan...

How Come UFC Fighters Have Cauliflower Ears But Boxers Don’t?

The UFC has come a long way since its early days, wherein the fights seemed like modern-day gladiators due to its brutality and inconsistent...

5 spinners who can be India’s potential finger-spinners

The Indian cricket team has always been proud of its ability to produce world-class batsmen and similarly potent spinners. Though in recent times, the...

IPL 2018: The beautiful Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Being seated in the Sawai Mansingh stadium brings a different world, a world of difference away from the palpable excitement of watching truly India’s...

Top 5 Left Wingers In The World, Based On 2019-20 Season

Owing to the fact that football has evolved a lot since its inception and the tactics have changed a lot, the role of wingers...

The astonishing decline of Mario Balotelli

There was a time when Mario Balotelli was on top of the world.  The Italian talisman had scored two goals in the Euro 2012 semi-finals,...

What can be expected from the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix?

Heat in the air and heat inside the car- that's been the story of the Azerbaijan Grand prix. As F1 parks itself at Baku...

How Suresh Raina Batted India Into The Finals of 2011 World Cup

Its been 9 years, since India won the Cricket World Cup defeating Sri Lanka on 2 April, 2011. The images and visuals of...

IPL 2018: The best from the West Indies

When one of nature's treacherous attacks on mankind- earthquakes- strike, their impact is measured on Richter's scale. When West Indians strike in a tournament...

Age Fraud in Indian Cricket: Are players really to be blamed?

There have been times while watching a cricket match when we tend to hear commentators comment on cricketers’ age. We as fans have many...

Big change for India Women’s cricket as BCCI looks to finalise bowling coach soon

We are not even at the halfway stage of the 2018 cricketing season. It clearly seems there's no stopping India's women's cricket team. The...

Ajax XI if they didn’t sell their star players

Based in Amsterdam, AFC Ajax, who incidentally draw their name from the legendary Greek hero of the same name, are the most successful club...

5 famous players to play for both Leeds United and Liverpool

Leeds United are back in the Premier League after 16 years and will play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in their very first match...

- Advertisement -

- Advertisement -