Real Madrid Looking to Make it Successive La Liga Victories
Real Madrid got their season off to a flying start on the opening weekend with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Estadio Riazor on Sunday, August 19 and are aiming for back-to-back successes here. Sergio Ramos was dismissed in the second half of the tie and the hosts also missed a penalty but Real Madrid never looked like slipping up. Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos both got on the scoresheet as Los Blancos dominated from start to finish.
Zidane’s men were also in action in midweek, beating Fiorentina 2-1 in a club friendly thanks to a wonder goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Valencia are the first visitors of the season to the Bernabeu with Marcelino’s men aiming to cause an early season upset in the capital. Los Che have had problems in the transfer market this summer but could give new signing Geoffrey Kondogbia a start here. A Simone Zaza goal was enough to give them all three points at the Mestalla on August 18th against Las Palmas but the scoreline should have been more convincing.
Real Madrid have lost just three times here across the course of two La Liga seasons and even without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, they should be too strong here. UK bookmakers are confident that Real Madrid get the job done and William Hill have priced the hosts at 1/6 for success. The 4/7 for Both Teams to Score is likely to be far more appealing with Valencia having found the net here last season and Real Madrid without the suspended Sergio Ramos for this encounter.
The visitors’ defence has looked fairly organised in pre-season and they opened with a clean sheet at the Mestalla but keeping out Bale, Benzema and Casemiro is a completely different challenge.