Real Madrid – Valencia CF
La Liga will make up for the games that were cancelled due to the Supercup in the coming days, giving the two top teams from Barcelona and Madrid English weeks. While the Catalans play Real Betis on Wednesday, Real receive FC Valencia. The royals urgently need a win to keep up with Barca. The game against the bats kicks off on Thursday at 21:00 at the Santiago Bernabéu, you can find our prediction in the following Real Madrid vs Valencia tip.
Real have lost a bit of ground to their big rivals at the top of the table in recent weeks. With 42 points from 18 games, the Galacticos are still in second place, but the gap to Barcelona is now a whole five points. Valencia, on the other hand, are still fighting against relegation with just 20 points from 18 games, and the red zone is currently just one point away.
Real Madrid – Valencia Info
– Date & Time: 02/02/2023, at 21:00.
– Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
– Competition: La Liga, Matchday 17
– TV broadcast: DAZN
Real Madrid Form & Balance Check
So, the Madrilenians are under pressure due to the standings situation on Thursday. The reigning champions have recently suffered a number of setbacks in their mission to defend their title and are coming under increasing pressure as a result. The season got off to another fantastic start with nine victories from the first nine games, and the royals even went 16 games without defeat at the start. However, Real then lost four times in the next ten games and lost ground in the league. In addition, the defeat in the Super Cup final also hurt.
Madrid stumble again
In January, however, the capitals did better in the Copa del Rey and prevailed in the sixteenth, eighth and most recently also in the quarter-finals (3:1 in the city duel with Atletico). In the league, however, the worm is still in the wind. Real have only picked up four points from their three league games in the new year and stumbled again last Sunday. Against Real Sociedad, the royals could not get beyond a goalless draw at home, while Barcelona were able to go ahead again in the duel before that with a win against Girona.
Real Madrid facts & analysis
– 2nd place in La Liga, 42 points from 18 games.
– Last played 0:0 against Real Sociedad
– Only 1 win from last 3 league games
Valencia form & balance check
Valencia FC continue to find no way out of the crisis. For some time now, the bats have been stuck in no-man’s land in the table, never getting above ninth place in the last three seasons. In the current season, a new coach in Gennaro Gattuso was supposed to bring a breath of fresh air, but the reality at the end of the first half of the season looks different. Valencia are threateningly close to the relegation zone with only 20 points from 18 games. There is no improvement in sight at the moment.
Weak league record
The team from the Mediterranean coast has been in a real crisis of form since the World Cup. Their only two victories in this period came in the Copa del Rey, where they lost to Bilbao in the quarter-finals. In the Supercup, Valencia lost to Real in the semi-finals.
The chance for revenge comes promptly on Thursday, but the bats are hardly brimming with self-confidence. Since the World Cup break, Valencia have gone four games without a win and have only picked up one point. On Sunday, they suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Real Valladolid.
Valencia facts & analysis
– 14th place in La Liga, 20 points from 18 games.
– Last lost 0:1 against Valladolid
– Winless in 4 league games
Predicted line-up – last update on 31 January 2023
Carlo Ancelotti has been sparing some of his older players in recent weeks, which has ensured regular changes in the starting eleven. In addition, Alaba, Mendy and Tchoaumeni, three regular players, have been missing recently and need to be replaced. Ceballos and Asensio are other alternatives. On the other hand, Gattuso has rotated from time to time in recent weeks, but there is still a relatively clear starting eleven. First options from the bench are Mosquera, Özkacar, Almeida and Toni Lato.
Real Madrid – Valencia direct comparison & Statistics
Real and Valencia have played a whopping 183 duels so far. The Madrilenians are clearly ahead with 98 wins, while the bats have won 47 games. 38 other games ended in a draw. The last four encounters all went to Real.
– The most frequent result between Real Madrid and Valencia CF is 1-1. 8 matches ended like this.
– Valencia CF’s last away win at Real Madrid was in 2008.
– Real Madrid have not lost any of their last 16 home matches.
– Last season Real Madrid won both matches against Valencia CF (4-1 at home and 2-1 away).
– The average goals scored in a Real Madrid vs Valencia CF clash is 3.4.