VAL vs RM Dream11: In a new-look Spanish Super Cup, both Valencia and Real Madrid make a long-trip to the middle-east to play the semi-final at King Abdullah Sports City, on Wednesday midnight (IST). This is the first time that the competition has been changed from two teams to the four teams competition with top four from La Liga last season, including champions Barcelona and 2nd-placed Atletico Madrid, fighting for the trophy.
Valencia won't be feeling underdog in the tournament, or in this match for that matter. Real Madrid's decision to leave Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale out of the tournament is not the only reason why the Los Che will go into the game as equal favourites, but the Bats have come good in bog games recently. They beat Madrid 2-1 last season in La Liga, but their most famous victory was the 2-0 win in the Copa Del Rey Final over Barcelona.
Visitors: Real Madrid
Competition: Spanish Super Cup
Match Venue: King Abdullah Sports City
Match Timing: Wednesday midnight, January 09, @12:30 AM
Dream11 Football Prediction – Odds checker:
Valencia to win: 3.80 (14/5), Probability to happen: 26.32%
Real Madrid to win: 1.85 (17/20), Probability to happen: 54.05%
Draw: 3.80 (14/5), Probability to happen: 26.32%
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Manchester United team news: Valencia have no injury concerns with the likes of Goncalo Guedes, Cristiano Piccini, Lee Jang-In, Manu Vallejo and Rodrigo Moreno all making recoveries to make the squad for the tournament.
Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is also fit and will be starting the game after making a long-awaited comeback from injury at the weekend. So expect Valencia to name the strongest possible XI for this game.
Valencia key players:
Daniel Parejo, Kevin Gameiro, Francis Coquelin
Following players have been named by manager Albert Celades
Goalkeeper: Domenech, Cillessen, Rivero
Defenders: Costa, Thierry, Mangala, Gabriel Paulista, Diakhaby, Gaya, Wass, Piccini, Garay
Midfielders: Kondogbia, Guedes, Soler, Parejo, Cheryshev, Kang-In, Coquelin, Ferran, Esquerdo
Forwards: Gameiro, Manu Vallejo, Rodrigo, M. Gomez, Sobrino
Real Madrid team news: As mentioned above Real Madrid are going into the tournament without their leading goal scorer Karim Benzema and winger Gareth Bale. It's a massive decision considering Madrid's dependence on Benzema for goal, but the good news is that the long-term absentees James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez are back to full fitness and are in Madrid‘s squad for the tournament.
Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio, meanwhile, remain out of the contention at the moment due to injuries.
Real Madrid named the following squad for the Spanish Cup:
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois, Areola, Altube
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Militão, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Ferland Mendy
Midfielders: Tony Kroos, Luca Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, James, Isco
Forwards: Lucas Vázquez, Jović, Brahim, Mariano, Vinicius Jr., Rodrygo
Valencia vs Real Madrid predicted playing 11:
Valencia: Jasper Cillessen (GK), Piccini, Garay, Paulista, Gayá; Torres, Parejo, Coquelin, Soler; Rodrigo, Maxi
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois (GK), Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Jovic
VAL vs RM Dream11 teams:
Goalkeeper: Jasper Cillessen
Defenders: Jose Gaya, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane
Midfielders: Valverde, Isco, Soler, Guedes, Parejo (VC)
Forwards: Vinicius (C), Rodrigo