Red-Hot Valencia will be looking to extend their impressive run as they play host to Real Madrid in a league match at Mestalla Stadium, in Valencia, Spain, on Wednesday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Valencia and Real Madrid
Kick Off: Wednesday 3 April
Match Timing: 01:00 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Mestalla Stadium (55,000)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga matches in India. Matches can also be watched on Facebook.
It has been a very strange season for Valencia. At one point they were closer to the relegation zone than their preferred target of the Champions League places. No wonder manager Marcelino was coming under a huge pressure to hold on to his job.
It’s not that the Los Ches were losing games after games. In fact, Valencia have suffered just four defeats this season, the joint-second fewest in La Liga.
The reason they dropped so many points is the draws. Indeed, 16 of their 29 matches have seen teams sharing points with them.
But Valencia are hitting the form at the right time and come into this match on a 10-game unbeaten streak. More importantly, Marcelino’s team have won five times in that period.
Strange is this season for one more reason is that despite Valenica struggling for form earlier in the season they are just 3 points adrift of the Champions Legaue places.
Considering the form Los Ches are in at the moment, you wouldn’t bet against them. In fact, a win in this match will take into the top-4 at the expense of 4th placed Getafe.
The hosts will definitely head into this game high on confidence after winning 0-1 against Sevilla last time around.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, ensured three straight wins in Zinedine Zidane’s second coming at Santiago Bernabeu. But it was anything but a straight forward win over the rock-bottom Huesca.
Los Blancos fell behind just three games into the game to Cucho Hernandez’s well-timed shot who was given an acre of space inside the penalty area. Isco leveled the score just 20 minutes later, while Dani Ceballos put the team ahead at the hour mark.
Huesca always looked threatening on the long balls and they scored the leveler through one such situation in the 74th minute through Xabier Etxeita’s header. But home team continued to pour ahead and took the lead again through Karim Benzema’s perfect finesse shot.
With the win, Madrid maintained their grip on the 3rd place, sitting just two points behind 2nd placed Atletico Madrid.
Though the La Liga title is a long shot and is almost out of reach as Barcelona sit 12 points ahead at the top, finishing second in the table is a good chance. If Madrid achieves that, it would be good progress considering how the season has panned out for the reigning European champions.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Valencia – W W W D D W
Real Madrid – L L L W W W
RM vs VAL Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Valencia vs Real Madrid Team News:
Injured – Marcelino has some decision to make as far as Valencia’s midfield is concerned. Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin remains on the sidelines, while Cristiano Piccini, Ruben Sobrino, and Jaume Domenech are expected to miss the game as well.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Daniel Wass and Facundo Roncaglio are both in contention to start at the right-back. Ferran Torres, meanwhile, may be given the nod ahead of Carlos Sober as Marcelino looks to rotate his squad.
Santi Mina and Kevin Gameiro will be fighting for a place up top, while Goncalo Guedes may be replaced by Denis Cheryshev in the midfield.
Key Players – Rodrigo Moreno, Daniel Parejo
Injured – Vinicius Junior is out for the rest of the season, so he won’t be featuring. Thibaut Courtois suffered an injury on international duty with Belgium and missed the game against Huesca. The former Chelsea guard isn’t in the matchday squad named by Zidane. Right-back Daniel Carvajal is also out of the game.
Suspended – Nacho, who partnered with Sergio Ramos at the back, will be serving a one-game ban after picking up a yellow card in the last game.
Questionable – None.
Note: Raphael Varane is back from suspension and will be starting alongside Sergio Ramos. Midfielders Tony Kroos and Luka Modric return to the matchday squad and are expected to start as Zidane look to name his strongest possible XI against a very formidable opponent.
Key Players – Benzema, Bale, Kroos
RM vs VAL Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Valencia– Neto (GK), Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes, Rodrigo, Gameiro
Real Madrid– Zidane (GK), Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Isco, Casemiro, Modric, Vasquez, Benzema, Asensio
RM vs VAL Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Valencia are on an impressive run heading into this match and should fancy their chances against the visitors. That said, the hosts haven’t won at home against Madrid since 2017.
A draw looks a good call.
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