Real Madrid traveled to face Valencia in the Spanish Primera Liga game on Wednesday night at Mestella stadium. It will be one of their two games in hand but they started off on a back foot as Valencia scored twice inside first 10 minutes leaving Real Madrid a moutain to climb. It was Simone Zaza who scored the opening goal with a superb turn and volley from inside the box while Fabien Orellana made it 2-0 in 9th minute. Real Madrid however got themselves back into the game when Ronaldo’s header made it 2-1 just before the break.
Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2017 Match ]
04′ 1 – 0 Simone Zaza scored inside first 5 minutes to put Valencia in a surprise lead with absolute class turn and volley shot.
9′ 2 – 0 Fabian Orellana made it 2-0 minutes later to send Mestella into Ecsaty.
44′ 2 – 1 Cristiano Ronaldo brought Madrid back into the game just before the halftime.
Match Highlights (English)
Real Madrid currently sit top of the table with a point lead ahead of Barcelona and they can stretch the lead to 4 points with a win over Valencia. They will be odds on favourites going into the game but Valencia are kind of playing better football after a difficult start to the season. The last two times when Real Madrid played Valencia they defeated them twice and we can expect another win on Wednesday night.
Last time these two meet was back in May 2016 on the last day of La Liga where Ronaldo and Benzema scored goal a piece in first half to put Real Madrid in commanding 2-0 lead at the break. But Valencia hit back just after the halftime when Rodrigo scored for Valencia to bring them back in the match. Ronaldo and Andre Gomez were on target for either side to setup a grand stand finish.
Zidane is likely to go with a strong lineup and with Bale back in the contention Madrid might revert to their preferred 4-3-3 system with Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale playing upfront while Modric, Kroos to start in midfield and we might see either James Rodriguez or Isco lining up with midfield duo.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on sunday. Real Madrid should be slightly favourite to win against Valencia looking at the recent record of both sides.
Match Predictions: Real Madrid saw off the challenge from Manchester City in the Champions League semifinal and qualified for their record 14th Europa Cup final and they are pretty much in good shape to challenge for La Liga title as they sit just 1 point behind the top two of Barcelona and Atletico. Looking at the form of both R. Madrid and Valencia I can only see one result in this one and that’s a comprehensive Real Madrid win.