Real Madrid 17-8-3, Valencia 11-10-7
6/18/20 4 pm
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Real Madrid is welcoming Valencia to Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in a derby match of round 29 in Spanish LaLiga.
Real Madrid is in second place in the LaLiga standings with 59 points, 5 points less than Barcelona, but also with a game less. Real Madrid is having an outstanding season on the defensive end with only 20 conceded goals, but their offense is also on a solid level with 52 scored goals. After a three-month break, Real Madrid played their first game in LaLiga against Eibar this past weekend. Real has had 56% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, and 83% of the correct passes in that game. With three goals in the first half, Real has slowed down in the second half which cost them a conceded goal in the 60th minute. Real Madrid has won this match 3-1 and has stayed on Barcelona’s tail. Apparently, coach Zidane was not happy with the performance in the second half and it was really loud in Real’s locker room after the match. Benzema is Real’s best player this season with 14 goals and 6 assists, while Ramos added 6 goals. Nacho is the only injured player for Real Madrid, and he will not be playing in this match. The good news for coach Zidane is that Eden Hazard is finally showing why he was signed for and in a few more games, he will be his old self after a series of unfortunate injuries. After a few years of staring in Barcelona’s back early in the season, Real Madrid is going toe to toe with them this season and it’s making this season so much more interesting. We will see if Real Madrid can go all the way and win the title, but they certainly have the quality to do so.
Valencia is not playing well, and they haven’t won any of their last 3 games. The biggest problems for Valencia are that they are inconsistent in the attacking part and are struggling with scoring goals. Valencia is in 8th place with 43 points, 29 scored goals, and 40 conceded goals. Valencia is close to the Europa League and the Champions League, just 4 points away, but if they want to reach that spot, Valencia must improve as soon as possible. In their last match against Levante at home, Valencia had 50% of ball possession, 0 corner kicks, 3 shots on goal, and 83% of the correct passes. This was a tough match for both teams, but Valencia scored the late goal in 89th minute and was just minutes away from a win. Just when we thought the game will be over, Valencia’s defender made a stupid foul in front of the referee and Levante got a penalty. Melero scored an equalizer for Levante and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. Maxi Gomez has scored 8 times for Valencia this season, while Parejo added 8 goals and 3 assists. Garay is still injured, while Piccini and Paulista are questionable for this match. There are still a lot of games left in LaLiga and there is plenty of time for Valencia to get to the Champions League spot, but as I’ve mentioned earlier, Valencia must improve their game, especially in the attacking part.
The trends are on Real’s side, and they are the better team, but Valencia was known to surprise. Can they surprise in this match, I doubt it. Valencia will have to improve their form on some weaker team first before taking on one of the teams from the top five of LaLiga.