In one of the derbies of the weekend, Spanish giants Real Madrid will travel to the famous Mestalla to meet Valencia. Both teams are enjoying the start of the season, as they both have ten points in four games. Additionally, both emerged victorious last weekend, with Madrid defeating Celta Vigo in the first game in the Santiago Bernabeu since February of 2020, while Valencia easily beat Osasuna away from home. It’s time to continue our soccer preview series by making a few insightful Valencia-Real Madrid predictions and theories.
Here are three bold Valencia-Real Madrid predictions for the upcoming La Liga game.
Valencia-Real Madrid predictions
Real Madrid’s attack will continue to shine
Even with the news of winger Gareth Bale being out for a long time due to a hamstring injury, Real Madrid is entering this game beaming with attacking confidence. The squad already scored 13 goals, including putting five past Celta last Sunday. Karim Benzema has five goals to his name, while Brazilian sensation Vinicius Jr. added four, already topping the three-goal tally he had in the last La Liga campaign. When Eden Hazard, who is having a redemption season for Los Merengues, is added to the mix, it is clear that Madrid will be looking to score in bunches this season.
It will not be easy, since Valencia only conceded two goals in the first four games played. However, due to the rise of Vinicius and the new tactic employed by manager Carlo Ancelotti, which includes both Vini and Hazard, breaking the defensive lines of Valencia should not be an issue. Celta right back, Hugo Mallo, had tons of issues when facing Vinicius, whose electrifying runs, with young stud Miguel Gutierez supporting him on the overlap, completely destroyed the defensive formation of Celta.
Along with him, Hazard was also great, even though he did not contribute to any goals scored. He has the technical ability to take players on and in a two-line defensive block, which Valencia employs, which is key to breaking the deadlock. When the genius of Luka Modric and Benzema, and blitzing runs of Federico Valverde are added, Valencia will have major difficulties to cope and defend.
Valencia forwards will use absolutely every mistake by the Madrid defense
Just like Madrid, Valencia also has a good offensive record in the four games played. They scored nine, which is only topped by Madrid’s 13. Carlos Soler already has three goals from the midfield, while winger that is now a striker Goncalo Guedes added two. It has to be said that the opposition was not exactly top class, with the Bats facing Getafe, Granada, Alaves, and Osasuna, but it is still impressive to be in front of teams like Barcelona and Sevilla.
Something that has to be considered as well is the poor form of Real Madrid’s defense. In the last game, versus Celta, it was two mistakes by the defense that caused the two goals conceded. Firstly, it was Nacho Fernandez putting Miguel Gutierez under pressure with a risky pass that turned into the opening goal of the night, and then it was the same player going for a tackle that completely left the right side open for a run that ended up being the goal. Also, with Ancelotti switching to a 4-3-1-2, rather than the trusted 4-3-3, the wings can be exposed when Carvajal and Gutierez, who will start on Sunday, are making runs in the attack.
Should holes like that open up in this match, Soler and former Real Madrid player Denis Cheryshev will be there to take the ball and run for an opportunity at goal. This is the team that scored nine already and it was Celta last weekend that used it to score two, meaning that with a more potent attack that the Bats possess, Nacho and Eder Militao will need to be very careful when taking care of the ball.
There will be goals galore
This game, as if it was not clear from the first two predictions, should have a lot of goals, in theory. The two goals Valencia conceded are a bit of a mirage, due to the level of opposition they faced, while Real Madrid both scored in bunches and already conceded six. That should mean that any mistake that Madrid makes, Valencia will use, while there is no defense in the world that can currently stop Madrid forwards from scoring.
It is difficult, however, to predict the winner. Madrid does have the quality to win, but it is their inconsistency that cost them in past seasons. Valencia, on the other hand, was able to ruin the plans of Los Blancos in the past. Last season, even though Valencia was having an awful season, they still managed to get a huge 4-1 victory over Madrid in Mestalla. While that did not turn their season around, it must have felt good and they will look to replicate that in the upcoming game.
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