Real Madrid will be looking for their first win in four games when they host a relegation-threatened Real Valladolid in La Liga at Estadio José Zorrilla, in Valladolid, Spain, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Real Valladolid and Real Madrid
Kick Off: Monday 11 March
Match Timing: 01:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Estadio José Zorrilla (26,512)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream La Liga matches in India.
If Real Valladolid were given the current scenario they are in La Liga, they would have taken it at the start of the campaign. They made it to the top flight of Spanish football after winning the Secunda Division last season and currently, sit 16th with 3 points separating them from the bottom three.
They have won six times in La Liga this season, suffering 12 defeats, while eights matches ended in draws. They are not known for scoring goals (20 this term), but their defence has done reasonably well after conceding just 34 times. For a team of that pedigree and ambitions, that’s not the worst return at all.
Most of Valladolid’s points came in 2018, and their current form is a major cause for concern for the fans. The White and Violets have won just once in 2019, and are coming into this match on the back of four defeats in the last five games.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are going through their won rough patch at the moment. In fact, bad would be an understatement if we consider the effect of negative results on their ambitions.
Just a few days after suffering a chastening 0-3 loss at home against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, Madrid suffered yet another home loss, this time 0-1 in La Liga. That result left the Los Blancos 12 points off the pace and only a miracle will take them above Barcelona on the points table.
Perhaps the biggest shock came in the Champions League as they bowed out of the competition after suffering 1-4 loss at home against Ajax.
So in a matter of two weeks, Madrid are out of three competitions, putting Santiago Solari’s case for the permament job under serious threat.
Real Valladolid – W L D L L L
Real Madrid – W L W L L L
Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid Team News:
Injured – The hosts continue to be without defensive midfielder Luismi and winger Toni Villa. While Borja Fernandez and Stiven Plaza are out of contention as well.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Valladolid could install an extra man in the middle of the park to suffocate Madrid’s midfield. With Borja out with an injury, Ruben Alcaraz and Anuar are expected to start in the midfield.
Key Players – Guardiola, Alcarez
Injured – Madrid were dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that winger Vinicius Junior suffered a serious ankle injury against Ajax. The young Brazilian could miss the remainder of the season. Also joining him on the sidelines are Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal.
Suspended – Sergio Ramos is suspended for the visitors.
Questionable – Gareth Bale is going through a very difficult period and the injuries aren’t helping either. The former Tottenham star is carrying a knock and will be evaluated before the match. While Sergio Reguilon, Marcos Llorente and Keylor Navas are doubtful as well.
Note: Nacho is available for selection and will deputise for the suspended Ramos. Whilw Marco Asensio should be given the nod on the wings.
Key Players – Benzema, Kroos, Modric
Real Valladolid– Masip (GK), Olivas, B. Fernandez, J. Fernandez; Antonito, Mohamed, Alcaraz, Nacho; Plano; Unal, Guardiola
Real Madrid– Courtois (GK), Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio
Quite uncharacteristically, Real Madrid have lost their last four games at Santiago Bernabeu, so the away game against a struggling Real Valladolid must feel like a welcome relief for Santiago Solari and his men.
The team is definitely struggling but expect a win for the Los Blancos.
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