Preview - Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid 03 November 18

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Match Day 11
Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid
Saturday, November 3rd 2018
23:15pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match: 1.40
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (4)

Real Valladolid:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals per match: 0.90
Average goals against per match: 0.70
Top Scorer: Leonardo Suárez & Enes Ünal (2)

A run of four defeats in five games simply won't do for a club of Real Madrid's stature, with the 5-1 humbling at Barcelona last weekend being the final nail in the coffin for Julen Lopetegui's time as manager. Santiago Solari is the man to have been handed the reins on a temporary basis. Beginning with a win in the cup in midweek, he will be hoping to get Real back to winning ways in La Liga here.

This will likely be far from easy though. Whilst Real may be a side in coaching disarray at present, their opponents here, Real Vallaolid, must be one of the most well-drilled sides in the division. Behind only Atlético Madrid when it comes to fewest goals conceded to date, they are riding high in sixth and head to the Bernabeu unbeaten in their past seven in all competitions.

Real Madrid won this fixture 4-0 last season with the reverse game ending in a 1-1 draw.

The home side are undoubtedly the more affected by injuries ahead of this one, particularly at the back. Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Daniel Carvajal, Mariano and Jesùs Vallejo all miss out. Keko is the only confirmed absentee for the visitors.

Valladolid have kept a clean sheet in four of their past five on the road. That sort of solidity may well give them a chance of causing an upset here against a Madrid side in limbo.

Prediction: Real Madrid 1 - 2 Real Valladolid


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  15 - 8
Shots on target: 10 - 3
Corner Kicks: 8 - 6
Possession: 56% - 44%

Just the one yellow card issued by referee Jesus Gil Manzano, with Marcom Asensio of Real Madrid being the man to have his name taken.

A winning start in La Liga for interim boss Santiago Solari in the end. He was certainly made to sweat for it though as it took Real Madrid a long time to translate their dominance into a lead. It can't really be argued that they didn't deserve it though, for all that Valladolid defended manfully at times. Ahead in the possession and with ten efforts on goal, the home side would have been unfortunate not to win.

Karim Benzema had the best of the early chances for the hosts when played in in the left-hand side of the box only to pull his effort agonisingly wide.

Valladolid had an excellent opportunity of their own when Antonito found himself free in the left of the box and bearing down on goal but only able to fire his effort over the near side.

0-0   at the break.

Valladolid were only really managing efforts from range, but what efforts they were as first Ruben Alcaraz and then Toni Villa rattled the crossbar.

It was Madrid who did finally break the deadlock in the 83rd minute though. Vinicius Junior breaking into the left-hand side of the area and firing on goal. His effort looked destined for the far corner but struck the unfortunate Kiko Olivas on the way through to completely wrongfoot the keeper and go in to the left hand side.

Then in the 89th minute Real made sure of the points. Benzema tripped just inside the box to win a penalty kick. Sergio Ramos cheekily chipping down the centre of the goal. 2-0 final score.

Real Madrid are at least now moving up in the right direction. They sit sixth at the end of Match Day 11. Real Valladolid drop down to ninth.

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