Real Madrid vs Valladolid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 3 November 2018
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid).
Santiago Solari got off to an expectedly victorious debut on the bench on Wednesday when Real Madrid stormed past third-division outfit Melilla 0-4 on the road. The new manager sent out a mixed line-up on the pitch for the first leg of the Copa del Rey tie. Karim Benzema led the line and he finally managed to score a goal. Three remaining goals came from Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola and Cristo Gonzalez.
Nonetheless, Solari’s first real test is about to come on Saturday afternoon when Los Blancos are to play recently-promoted Real Valladolid side. The visitors head into the game as form favourites as odd as it may sound. Pucela are enjoying a splendid form this season and they come into this off the back of five wins and a draw in last six outings across competitions.
The most recent of Valladolid’s successes came on Wednesday evening when Daniele Verde’s brace inspired a 1-2 victory over Mallorca in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last 32 round tie at Iberostar Estadi.
Real Madrid vs Valladolid: Head-to-head
The two teams will take on each other for the first time in four years following Valladolid’s return to the top flight of Spanish football.
Real Madrid were the dominant force in this match-up historically.
Los Blancos won 20, drew 10 and lost 4 of 34 clashes against Pucela.
Real Madrid vs Valladolid: Prediction
Madrid will be highly motivated to pick up the spoils and return on the winning ways after a demolishing 5-1 defeat to bitter rivals Barcelona in El Clasico. However, the host may face huge problems against a super stern defensive line of Valladolid’s here. The visitors were super tough to break lately down as they shipped just one goal in last four league matches.
Knowing that Real struggled in the build-up play under Julen Lopetegui, we do find the value in backing the hosts to net fewer than three goals in the match at the odds of 2.10.
Real Madrid vs Valladolid: Bet Tips
Real Madrid Under 2.5 Team Goals @ 2.10 (11/10)
Valladolid +2.5 handicap @ 1.63 (8/13).