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Valladolid vs. Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
23 January 2020
Sunday 26 January
Estadio Jose Zorrilla - La Liga
Real Madrid’s quest to win their first La Liga title in three years continues with a trip to Real Valladolid this weekend. Los Blancos have recovered from a run of three straight draws to win four in a row, including their Spanish Super Cup triumph.
Madrid are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Valladolid, winning eight of those. The teams drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu in August, with both goals dramatically coming in the final 10 minutes, while Los Blancos recovered from going a goal down at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla last season to win 4-1.
Javi Sanchez is back out on the training pitches following a knee injury, and could be in contention for this game. That would leave Stiven Plaza as the only absentee for Valladolid, with the Ecuadorean struggling with a hamstring injury he picked up in mid-November.
Zinedine Zidane is sweating over the fitness of captain Sergio Ramos, who hurt his ankle before scoring the winning penalty in the Super Cup final victory over Atletico Madrid earlier this month. Eden Hazard is also sidelined with an ankle injury, while Marco Asensio is still out and Daniel Carvajal is suspended.
Valladolid vs. Real Madrid Preview and Predictions
With the early signs showing Barcelona may be revitalised after the arrival of their new manager Quique Setien, Real Madrid need to keep winning if they’re to secure their first league title since 2017. The two Clasico rivals are level on points at the top of the table after 20 games so far this season, while Real Valladolid are down in 15th place.
Los Blanquivioletas have gone eight La Liga fixtures without a win, although five of those matches have ended in draws. Even so, Sergio’s side have only won four times all season. They may take heart from their draw against Madrid earlier in the campaign, when Sergi Guardiola’s 88th-minute equaliser cancelled out an 82nd-minute opener from Karim Benzema, but their record against the capital club is poor.
Madrid have won on three of their last four visits to the Estadio Jose Zorrilla, scoring 11 goals in those victories. Los Blancos are in good form at the moment as well, with Casemiro the unlikely goalscoring hero in last weekend’s victory over Sevilla, grabbing a brace in a 2-1 win for Zidane’s side.
Their strong record against Valladolid and unbeaten run that stretches back to mid-October and 17 matches in all competitions, means Madrid start this game as the clear favourites in the betting. The away team are 1.45 for the win, while Valladolid are 7.00 and the draw is 4.70.
Real Madrid to win and BTTS at 2.90
Despite their excellent run in Valladolid, Madrid have failed to keep a clean sheet on their last six visits to the city. This could be another high-scoring affair.
Karim Benzema to score first at 3.00
The French forward opened the scoring when these teams met earlier this term, and bagged a brace at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla in last season’s corresponding fixture.