Real Madrid - Valencia prediction
Reigning La Liga title holders Real Madrid welcome Valencia to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night.
The White Ballet players did not perform as expected of them in recent weeks.
After going 3-2-2 in their last 7 matches in Primera División.
At the same time, their great rival Barcelona is faultless and the Kings are now 5 points behind the Blaugranas.
In this regard, it appears that Los Blancos must win today .
Otherwise, it risks letting go of its hopes of defending last year's title sooner rather than later.
But the team's fans should be filled with optimism because of a curious statistic .
Namely - the Whites have not lost any of their last 15 La Liga games played on Thursday (13-2-0).
Valencia have an interim coach after Gennaro Gattuso was sacked a few days ago.
But that's unlikely to help them avoid a loss today.
Because the Bats have failed to win any of their last 14 away games against Madrid in La Liga (0-5-9).
Their last triumph here was with a score of 3-2 way back in 2008.
In addition, Valencia is one of Karim Benzema's favorite victims .
The Frenchman has scored in each of his last 7 La Liga games against the Bats, netting a total of 9 goals in that span.
So my prediction is an easy win for Real Madrid on First Half/Final Score.
As well as at least 3 goals scored in the match, most of them scored by Carlo Ancelotti's players.
Real Madrid - statistics and info
Real Madrid recorded their first clean sheet at home in La Liga this season last weekend .
But despite this, the White Ballet could only manage a dismal 0-0 draw against Real Sociedad.
And so it fell even further behind the leader Barcelona.
Five points separate the teams before they each play their postponed matches in midweek.
Los Blancos thus face a must-win situation on Thursday at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Carlo Ancelotti's men have had a shaky performance in their first 3 league games in 2023.
Recording one win, draw and loss each in them.
But at least they registered 2 consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season in Primera.
This is perhaps the only positive that Real Madrid can count on ahead of their upcoming trip to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup.
Because after an incredible 11-game start to the 2022/23 La Liga season (10-1-0), Los Blancos have dropped points four times in their last seven league games (3-2-2).
Valencia - statistics and info
Valencia go into this game having sacked manager Gennaro Gattuso following a 1-0 loss to Valladolid last round.
As the Bats have lost 3 of their four La Liga matches since the resumption of the championship in December.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Italian tactician had to leave his post prematurely.
Interim new coach Voro will be relied upon to lead Valencia out of crisis.
But the 59-year-old coach could hardly have hoped for a more challenging task on his debut as caretaker manager.
From facing the reigning champions Real Madrid.
Valencia have recorded a terrible record of 8 defeats in the first 18 rounds of La Liga this season (5-5-8).
And it is the club's third-highest number of defeats by Mestalla at this stage of the season in the 21st century.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Kroos, Kamavinga, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius
Injured: Mendy, Vasquez
Lineup: Mamardashvili; Foulquier, Komert, Diahabi, Gaya; Moussa, Guillaume, Moriba; Kluivert, Cavani, Lino
Injured: Domenech, Gonzalez, Correa (questionable)