Can Valencia Shock Real Madrid on Sunday Evening?
Valencia face Real Madrid on Sunday evening in their first away fixture of the new La Liga season – and it doesn’t get much harder than a clash under the lights at Santiago Bernabeu.
The visitors defended resolutely last weekend when beating Las Palmas by the odd goal but this is a whole new ball game. Taking a positive result against Real on their own patch may be a step too far for Marcellino Garcia Toral’s side at the moment.
But this is sport, at the end of the day, and strange results do happen from time to time. For those looking to back Valencia, William Hill are offering 10/3 for the visitors to win or draw on Sunday evening; odds that show just how difficult they may find it.
Gareth Bale can be Real Madrid’s difference maker this weekend. With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Los Blancos will need somebody to step up and be counted. Bale, Karim Benzema and Isco are all capable but this is the kind of moment that the Welshman has been waiting for.
At 8/15 to score on Sunday evening, Bale is relatively short in the market but that is understandable given his talent. He scored against Deportivo on the opening weekend and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Real star bag another on home soil.
The statistics and omens are well and truly stacked against Valencia but the visitors will do their utmost to stay in the contest. If they can get to half-time with the scores level, they will have something to defend in the second period and that could be the key.
Conceding an early goal will be catastrophic to Toral’s plans and Valencia need to muster up plenty of courage, determination and grit to earn a positive result in the Bernabeu. Watch this space, it could be the ultimate test of attack versus defence.