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Valencia vs. Real Madrid - 4/3/19 LaLiga Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Real Madrid at Valencia
Date & Time Wednesday April 3, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)
Location
Mestalla
Valencia, Spain
The Line
Valencia +320 / Real Madrid -133 / Draw +300
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Laliga

Valencia is hosting Real Madrid in round 30 of Spanish LaLiga.

Valencia has had a rocky start of the season but were constantly improving and are now in 6thplace in the standings with 43 points, only 3 points away from a Champions League spot. Valencia are playing extremely well and haven’t lost any of their last 16 games. In their last game against Sevilla, Valencia was the worse team with 40% ball possession, 2 shots on goal and 74% of correct passes but with good defense Valencia managed to win 0-1. Dani Parejo is Valencia’s captain and top goal scorer with 5 goals but is suspended because of yellow cards and alongside Coquelin and Soriano who are injured will not play in this game. Valencia are not playing overly offensive soccer instead they focus on defending and controlling the midfield which allows them to play fast counter attacks through their wingers Guedes and Soler. Coach Marcelino was signed back in July of 2017 and is doing great job this season because Valencia is pretty high in standings and are also playing Europa League quarterfinals against Villareal. Valencia’s fans are really enjoying this winning streak and coach Marcelino is doing everything to keep it going but missing Parejo who is the leader of this team could be a big problem for him.

Real Madrid have brought back former coach Zinedine Zidane who has previously led them to three Champions League titles and it’s already paying off. Real Madrid are riding a 3-game winning streak with 9 scored goals during that period and are finally looking like team from last 3 seasons. With arrival of coach Zidane, players like Isco, Bale and Ceballos are showing their worth and are playing really good soccer. Real Madrid is holding 3rdplace in the standings and are huge 12 points behind Barcelona at the top and only 2 points behind Atletico Madrid in second place. Karim Benzema leads Real Madrid with 14 goals and 5 assists followed by Bale with 8 goals while Modric added 4 assists. Vinicius, Carvajal and Courtois are injured while Nacho is suspended because of yellow cards. Coach Zidane has a great roster with some of the best players in the world like Modric, Bale, Kroos, Ramos and Benzema at his disposal end enough depth on bench with some young superstars like Asensio, Diaz, Llorente and Valverde who are eager to use every minute they get on the field. 

Real Madrid haven’t lost any of their last 7 away matches and haven’t lost any of their last 4 game against Valencia and even though Valencia is playing really well, I think their streak ends here.

Pick:
Real Madrid -133

Being from Croatia I was raised with soccer all around me and I loved to watch and play soccer ever since i was little kid, especially after Croatia won third place in 1998 World Cup in France. I watch and follow soccer on a daily basis and to get the oppurtunity to write about it is amazing. 

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