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Valencia vs Real Madrid: preview, team news, how to watch and prediction

Real Madrid will be travelling to the Estadio Mestalla to face off against Valencia in a crucial La Liga encounter on Saturday evening.

Real Madrid will be travelling to the Estadio Mestalla to face off against Valencia in a crucial La Liga encounter on Saturday evening.

Los Blancs have enjoyed a stellar campaign so far this term despite suffering from several injury problems, sitting at the top of the table with 65 points from 26 games.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have lost only one game so far in the league and will be hoping to continue their impressive run in this encounter as well.

However, defeating Los Ches won’t be straightforward for Los Merengues as they have had a promising campaign this term having struggled last campaign.

Valencia are currently eighth in the table with 36 points from 25 points. They have enjoyed a promising time at home, losing only two out of 12 games and conceding only six goals. So, this won’t be an easy assignment for the visitors and therefore, it is likely to be an exciting encounter for the football fans.

Previous meetings

Real Madrid have struggled to showcase their best at the Estadio Mestalla in recent times, losing five out of the last 10 games in La Liga and winning only three. So, the visitors will be desperate to rectify their record against their Saturday’s opponent in this encounter.

How to watch

The match will kick off at 8 PM UK time and the game will be televised live on Viaplay Sports 2 and LALIGATV in the UK.

For those fans based in Spain who want to attend the game, you can buy Real Madrid tickets through the clubs website or via trusted online resellers.

Team news

Valencia don’t have many injury problems ahead of this encounter but they will be without Andre Almeida. In addition, Thierry Correia could also miss out on this fixture owing to an injury problem.

As for Real Madrid, they are currently in a completely opposite situation to Valencia as they have a long list of injury absentees at the moment with most of those at their back.

Thibaut Courtois, David Alaba and Eder Militao are all unavailable for selection in this fixture owing to serious knee problems. In addition, Jude Bellingham has been sidelined in recent times owing to an injury issue but Ancelotti has revealed that the Englishman has recovered and is ready to feature on Saturday. But, he might not start in this encounter.

Joselu was in doubt ahead of this game due to an injury but Ancelotti has said that the Spaniard has also regained his full fitness and is ready to be involved against Valencia.

Predicted line-up

Ruben Baraja is set to deploy the 4-2-3-1 formation in this encounter. Giorgi Mamardashvili is set to be between the sticks for the hosts, while Mouctar Diakhaby and Cristhian Mosquera are likely to be the centre-back pairing. Dimitri Foulquier and Jose Luis Gaya are expected to be the two fullbacks for Valencia.

Pepelu and Hugo Guillamon are set to be in the engine room, while Javier Guerra could commence in the attacking midfield position. Diego Lopez and Sergi Canos might be deployed on the flanks with Hugo Duro set to lead the line for the hosts in this encounter.

Expected Valencia line-up vs Real Madrid

Mamardashvili; Foulquier, Diakhaby, Mosquera, Gaya; Pepelu, Guillamon, Guerra; Lopez, Duro, Canos

As for Real Madrid, Ancelotti is set to deploy a 4-3-1-2 diamond formation with Andriy Lunin likely to be in goal. Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez should be the centre-back pairing, while Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy could be deployed in the fullback position for the visitors.

Toni Kroos is likely to be in the deep-lying playmaker position with Federico Valverde and Aurelien Tchouameni set to complete the midfield trio. Brahim Diaz might be in the number ten position, leaving Bellingham on the bench and in front of the Spaniard, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo should lead the line for the visitors.

Expected Real Madrid line-up vs Valencia

Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Tchouameni, Kroos, Valverde, Diaz; Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo

Key players

Valencia will be hoping that Duro will be at the top of his game in this fixture. The striker had numerous opportunities to score in the reverse fixture at Santiago Bernabéu when these two last met. But, he couldn’t take advantage of those chances and eventually had to endure a disappointing 5-1 thrashing.

Real Madrid generally give up chances and it’s likely to be the same tomorrow. Therefore, if Duro can convert those then the hosts’ chance of coming away with a positive result from this encounter will increase.

However, Valencia backline and goalkeeper, Mamardashvili will come under a lot of pressure in this fixture. So, they will have to display a flawless performance to keep the opposition attack at bay and keep a clean-sheet.

For Real, they will be hoping that Vinicius Jr will be able to perform his best and help his side come away with all three points from this tricky fixture. The Brazilian had a huge burst up with the Valencia fans when Real Madrid last travelled to the Estadio Mestalla and that created a lot of issues so it remains to be seen how Los Ches fans welcome the forward tomorrow.

Rodrygo is the silent worker for Real Madrid as Bellingham and Vinicius have received most of the plaudits this season for Los Blancos’ impressive performances. However, Rodrygo is another player who has consistently been delivering for the Spanish giants and the forward will be looking to guide his team to victory in this game by putting his name on the score-sheet.

Kroos is the driving force of Real Madrid as he is the link man from defence to attack. His ability with the ball will be the key to beating Valencia’s press and controlling the pace of the game. If Real Madrid can manage to do that then Valencia fans will get quiet and that will increase Real Madrid’s chance of winning this game.

Prediction

Real Madrid are always the favourite to win any game in La Liga and it is the same for this fixture as well despite their recent struggles at the Estadio Mestalla. Los Blancos have endured only one defeat in the league so far this term and that came away to Atletico Madrid.

Valencia will have to display a cohesive performance and the fans will play a key role in pushing the players to play at their very best. Although it won’t be easy for Real Madrid to win this game, they have quality players in every department and that could help them to come away with all three points from this encounter.

In addition, Real Madrid will face RB Leipzig in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 next week and they wouldn’t want to enter that game off the back of a defeat. So, they will be desperate to win this encounter and extend the lead at the top of the table. However, it is going to be interesting to see how the game eventually unfolds tomorrow. Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid

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