Valencia Can Test Real Madrid Defensively at the Bernabeu
Valencia have a habit of scoring against Real Madrid. They upset the Champions League winners in February with a 2-1 victory at the Mestalla in a match that included two early goals and a sensational strike from Simone Zaza. 2013 was the last time that Valencia failed to score against Real Madrid and Marcelino’s men will be confident of finding the net again at the Bernabeu. The hosts will be without defender Sergio Ramos, who got his marching orders against Deportivo on the opening weekend and despite the club’s appeal, he won’t feature against Los Che.
There is a feel-good factor around the Mestalla and Valencia got off to the best possible start, chalking up a 1-0 success against Las Palmas on the opening weekend. A positive pre-season, which included victories over Bournemouth and Werder Bremen, suggests they can improve upon last season’s 12th-place finish. It has been a frustrating transfer window for the club, however, with more outgoings than arrivals, although the loan signing of Inter’s Geoffrey Kondogbia is certainly a positive.
Simone Zaza will be hoping to cause further problems for Los Blancos and the former Juventus striker is off the mark for the season. He is likely to team-up with the energetic Rodrigo, with the front pair hoping to test the Real Madrid backline.
The hosts played a club friendly against Fiorentina in midweek, winning 2-1 against the Serie A outfit. Cristiano Ronaldo produced a stunning strike to put his side in the lead but the Portuguese playmaker won’t feature here due to his suspension which is carried over from the Spanish Super Cup. Even without their match winner, Real Madrid are expected to prevail here by the bookmakers. Bet365 have priced up Gareth Bale at 4/1 to score the first goal of the game and the former Spurs man has started the season well having hit the target against Deportivo on August 20.