Real Madrid and Valencia go head to head this Saturday evening, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. The hosts are in are down in 6th place after a torrid start to their season, whilst Valencia have failed to build on last year’s excellent campaign, as they sit in 10th position.

Home Team: Real Madrid

Real Madrid were on the wrong side of a 3-0 score line this past weekend, as they lost for the first time in their history against Eibar. After four consecutive wins, Santiago Scolari was awarded the job as Real Madrid manager until the end of the season, but his first game as a fully appointed manager of Real Madrid couldn’t of gotten much worse. Real Madrid have lost 5 matches already so far this season in the league, but due to no team taking charge of the division, Real Madrid only find themselves 6 points off top spot, and only 5 points behind rivals Barcelona.

A win against Valencia will put them back into contention, but a defeat could leave them as low as 10th! It beggars belief what is happening at Real Madrid this season, but there is still a long way to go in this campaign. Can they get the much needed three points against Valencia?

Away Team: Valencia

After finishing in the top four last season, Valencia cemented their spot in this season’s Champions League, as it appeared that Valencia may be re-visiting the heights of their previous years. However, this season has been poor domestically and in Europe. The side have managed to win just four matches all season in the league and Champions League, and just two of their successes have come away from home.

Valencia have been the king of draws so far this season, drawing 8 times from their 13 La Liga matches. Whether this proves that Valencia are hard to beat or unable to convert stalemates into draws remains to be seen, but it’s more likely the latter. Only Atletico Madrid have lost less games than Valencia this season though. Valencia come into the match off the back of two straight victories in La Liga, with Santi Mina scoring two of his clubs four goals in the two games.

Head to Head H2H

The matches between these two sides have always been entertaining as both sides have scored in their last 11 matches. Real Madrid have edged this fixture in the last 5 years, winning 6 of the last 13 meetings, with Valencia only winning two. Both of Valencia’s successes during that period have been at home, but they have managed to draw at the Bernabeu on five of their last 7 visits. Their last victory came 10 years ago. 2-2 is the most common score line, as that result has occurred 4 times in the last 9 meetings, including last season’s match in this respective fixture.

Betting Predictions and Betting Tips

Real Madrid are at 4/9 to get a victory here, with Valencia outsiders at 11/2. A draw is at 18/5. It’s hard to back Real Madrid after their dismal display against Eibar, but at home, they have managed to win four of their 6 league matches, and I expect them to pick up number 5 here. I would go for a 2-1 score line at 15/2. If you feel that there is another 2-2 draw in the pipeline when these two teams meet, then you can back that at 14/1.

Finally, the most likely candidates for Real Madrid to open up the scoring are Karim Benzema (4/1), Gareth Bale (5/1) or Marco Asencio (7/1). However, to boost your earnings, I’d back another player for bigger profits, so it’s best to choose Marcelo (20/1) or Sergio Ramos (14/1), who have both found the net already this season on a few occasions.

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