Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid: La Liga Match Preview & Prediction
Real Madrid are all set to host Sergio Gonzalez's Real Valladolid in La Liga on Saturday at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Both teams are going into this game after winning their respective opening matches. Real Valladolid defeated Real Betis 2-1, while Real Madrid started their campaign with a 3-1 away victory over Celta Vigo.
Real Madrid have not lost their first home game in La Liga season since 2005/06, winning ten and drawing three. Morever, Real have a strong record against Valladolid, they have won five and drawn one in six games since 2012 with an aggregate of 18-7 scoreline.
Valladolid, on the other hand, tends to struggle to score on the road that's why they have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home since mid-October, however, their last five away victories in all competitions have witnessed a scoreline of 2-1 and seven of their away losses came with a scoreline to nil.
Real Madrid Injury News
Brahim Diaz (groin), Marco Asensio (cruciate ligament), Rodrygo (thigh), Eden Hazard (thigh) are out for this match with their respective injuries.
Luka Modric is suspended for this match for his straight red card against Celta Vigo.
Ferland Mendy is back in training after recovering from thigh injury but, it not likely to be risked for this game.
Real Valladolid Injury News
Sandro Ramirez (hamstring), Ruben Alcaraz (groin), Luismi Sanchez (ankle) have been ruled out for this match with their respective injuries.
While Pablo Hervias (physical discomfort) and Stiven Plaza (knee) are doubtful for this match.
Probable Playing XIs
Real Madrid [4-3-3]
|Defenders||Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo|
|Midfielders||Isco, Casemire, Toni Kroos|
|Forward||Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior|
Real Valladolid [4-4-2]
|Defenders||Nacho Martinez, Mohammed Salisu, Kiko, Javi Moyano|
|Midfielders||Oscar Plano, Anuar, Michel Herrero, Antonito|
|Forward||Sergi Guardiola, Enes Unal|
Players to Watch
Karim Benzema has already grabbed a goal and an assist in Madrid's opener against Celta Vigo with four shots on target and two key passes. Moreover, he's been a key for Madrid in attack since the departure of Ronaldo and currently he is boasted with confidence as Zinedine Zidane is back at Santiago Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale will remain one of the key players for his side as he had two shots on target and one assist in the opening game of Madrid. Bale will use his speed and agility to rip apart Valladolid's defence.
Oscar Plano got his name on the score sheet in Valladolid's opening league match against Real Betis and also picked a yellow card. While in last season Plano had more yellow cards (8) to his name than goals (3).
Sergi Guardiola also found the back of the net in his opener with four shots on target and one key pass. But, he needs to show his scoring prowess to make a history of defeating Real Madrid at their home.
Home vs Away Stats
It's very important to look at the team's performance at home and away from home.
Real Madrid is playing at their home. Here are their last five home match performance in all competitions.
Last five Real Valladolid's away match performance in all competitions.
Real Madrid are expected to continue their winning streak when they host Real Valladolid, however, Sergio Gonzalez's men need to do something different in order to pull out a victory against Los Blancos. As of now, it doesn't looks easy though as we expect Real Madrid to claim all three points.
Predicted score: Real Madrid 2 – 0 Real Valladolid