Preview: Valencia vs Real Madrid – prediction, team news, lineups
Real Madrid will look to continue their encouraging start to the 2021-22 campaign when they travel to the Mestalla on Sunday night to face a fit Valencia. Valencia vs Real Madrid live stream, Valencia vs Real Madrid stream, Valencia vs Real Madrid channel, Valencia vs Real Madrid h2h, Valencia vs Real Madrid how to watch.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team is currently at the top of the table with 10 points from four games, while Valencia is second with the same number of points from their first four games.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Match preview
Valencia’s off-field troubles have been well documented in recent years, with the six-time Spanish champions struggling financially, and they finished in a disappointing 13th place in Spain’s top flight last season.
It would be fair to say that there was not much optimism around the club going into the new season, but new head coach José Bordalas has delivered excellent performances and indeed results, with Los Che currently in second place in the table. , having collected 10 points. of their first four games.
Valencia opened their 2021-22 campaign with a 1-0 win over Getafe before drawing with Granada and beating Alavés in their last two games before the international break.
Bordalas’s team then posted three wins for the season away from Osasuna on September 12, recording a 4-1 win, with the visitors coming from behind to take the convincing winners in Pamplona.
The Ches will surely be aware of the magnitude of the task that awaits them this weekend, but they registered a 4-1 victory over Real Madrid in the corresponding game last season and have beaten the capital giants in two of their last five meetings at this level of football.
Since January 2018, Real Madrid have not achieved a league victory at Mestalla, but Ancelotti’s team will enter Sunday’s duel full of confidence, after a good start to the 2021-22 campaign.
Los Blancos beat Alavés and tied with Levante in their first two games before recording a 1-0 win over Real Betis before the international break thanks to an effort by Dani Carvajal in the second half.
Ancelotti’s side have also been victorious in their last two matches, losing 5-2 winners over Celta de Vigo in the league last weekend before beating Inter Milan 1-0 on Wednesday night. in their first match of the Champions League group stage, which means confidence must be flowing in the squad.
Real Madrid now have three league games in quick succession, facing Valencia, Mallorca, and Villarreal before their last game of the month, which comes home to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Champions League.
Los Blancos are looking to reclaim the title from Atlético de Madrid this season and despite a quiet summer transfer window, the team certainly looks strong enough to launch a firm challenge this season.
Valencia will have to make at least one change from the team that started last time against Osasuna, as Denis Cheryshev has had a knee problem, which is expected to be ruled out until October.
Recent arrival Dimitri Foulquier replaced Cheryshev from the bench last time, and the switch could now happen before kickoff, with the 28-year-old in line to make his full debut for Los Che.
Cristiano Piccini is also out, but coach Bordalas has no further worries, so no surprises are expected, with fit Carlos Soler playing on the right and Gonçalo Guedes joining Maxi Gómez in the last third of the field.
As for Real Madrid, Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Ferland Mendy have been left out of this weekend’s match at Mestalla.
Rodrygo came off the bench to score the winning goal against Inter, and the Brazilian could now be in line to start alongside Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior in the last third of the field.
Luka Modric emerged unscathed from his 80 minutes of football after his recent injury problems, and the Croatian international should line up again in the middle of the park.
Eduardo Camavinga and Eden Hazard are also pushing to start, but Ancelotti seems likely to keep both players in reserve for Sunday’s clash.
Valencia possible starting lineup:
Mamardashvili; Correia, Paulista, Alderete, Gaya; Soler, Guillamon, Wass, Foulquier; Guedes, Gomez
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Nacho; Valverde, Modric, Casemiro; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius