Real Madrid v Valencia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 01/12/18

Real Madrid v Valencia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Real Madrid v Valencia and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s La Liga clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Real Madrid v Valencia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 01/12/18
  • Time: 19:45
  • Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
  • Channel: Eleven Sports

Real Madrid play host to Valencia on Saturday night looking to bounce back from a 3-0 league defeat at the hands of Eibar. Valencia on the other hand come into this game on the back of 3-0 league win against Vallecano.

Madrid have been indifferent this season they sit 6th in the league on 20 points after 13 games with a goal difference of +1. The goal difference seems to tell its own story, Madrid are 15 goals shy of their fierce rivals, Barcelona, and they have conceded more goals than 17th placed Leganes. Their top scorer is Karim Benzema who has just 5 goals this season. For any other team these stats would probably considered fine, but not for a team like Madrid who are expected to challenge at the top of the league every season. Los Blancos are currently 7 points worse off than they were at this stage last season.

This is why Saturday’s game is so important for them. A win keeps them in the hunt and could build some momentum for the games ahead. They have just turned Roma away from home in the Champions League. Madrid now face a Valencia side who have picked up 9 points from 6 games on the road and will look to cause Madrid more domestic issues and bely their 6/1 (Bet365) odds of winning this game.

The last 11 meetings between the two sides have seen both sides score and with Madrid’s defence being leaky I think both sides could hit the back of the net again. Both teams to score is 9/13 (SportPesa) which isn’t something I would be backing. However with this game being a big one for Madrid to stay in the title race I think both teams to score and Madrid to win at 7/4 (Marathon Bet) is a good option. In my mind anything other than a win for Los Blancos sees them with a monumental task of trying to win the league.

Another angle I like in this game is in the card market. Valencia’s Jose Gaya has picked up 7 yellow cards this season across all competitions and he is 2/1 (Unitbet) to be shown a card. The young left back will be up against an in form Lucas Vazquez and Gareth Bale should he decide to have a jaunt on the right wing. Vazquez has been in good form of late and the winger bagged himself a goal in the 2-0 win over Roma in midweek. He is 9/1 to score the first goal and 5/2 to score at any time in the game.

Team News

Alvaro Odriozola is sidelined for the hosts while Casemiro is remains a doubt.

Rodrigo is a doubt for the away side with a hamstring issue.

Potential Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Llorente, Benzema, Lucas, Bale

Potential Valencia Starting XI: Neto, Wass, Gabriel, Diakhaby, Gaya, Coquelin, Kondogbia, Parejo, Mina, Moreno, Guedes

Head To Head

  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 3 competitive meetings with Valencia.
  • Valencia have not prevailed at the Bernabeu since 2008 but they have scored at least one goal on each of their last 5 visits.

Key Stats & Facts

  • None of the previous 14 meetings between the 2 sides have ended scoreless.

Betting Odds

  • Real Madrid 4/9
  • Draw 39/10
  • Valencia 6/1

The Verdict

This could be a close game between to giants of Spanish football.

Real Madrid will be desperate for the win whilst Valencia will be looking to keep their good form going having won 3 out of their last 4 league games. I think Madrid will come out on top in a close one; they have too much talent to not start winning games.

Lucas Vazquez is a player in form and I think he’ll have the beating of left back Jose Gaya, who seems like a prime candidate to pick up a card.

Recommended Bets

  • Real Madrid to win and both teams to score 7/4 (Marathon Bet)
  • Lucas Vazquez to score 5/2 (Betway)
  • Jose Gaya to be shown a card 2/1 (UniBet)