Preview - Real Madrid vs Valencia 02 December 18

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Match Day 14
Real Madrid vs. Valencia
Sunday, December 2nd 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 1.54
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Karim Benzema (5)

Last five matches form:  D D L W W
Average goals per match: 0.85
Average goals against per match: 0.69
Top Scorer: Dani Parejo, Kevin Gameiro & Santi Mina (2)

One of the standout fixtures in La Liga this weekend comes at the Santiago Bernebéu as Valencia come calling to take on Real Madrid.

This game ended in a 2-2 draw last season, with Real Madrid coming out on top when winning 4-1 in the reverse fixture.

Nacho and Álvaro Odriozola are out for Madrid in this one. Denis Cheryshev being the sole absentee for Valencia.

Two sides who have challenged the top four positions more often than not in recent years are both performing way below expectations this season. Following a loss of form and a managerial overhaul, Real Madrid are just about hanging on to the coattails of the leaders in sixth spot. Valencia meanwhile are way down in 11th in the standings.

Real have picked up a little in truth, with their win at Roma in midweek being their fifth victory in their past six games. Their most recent La Liga game resulted in an embarrassing 3-0 defeat away at Eibar. They have however lost just one of their past 15 at home in La Liga.

The hallmark of Valencia's games so far in La Liga this season has been a lack of goals. They have however only lost one of six games on the road, keeping clean sheets in their past four.

Valencia are good at keeping things tight, will be happy with a point and may well get it.

Prediction: Real Madrid 0 - 0 Valencia


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  11 - 5
Shots on target: 4 - 2
Corner Kicks: 2 - 2
Possession: 52% - 48%

Dani Ceballos was the sole Real Madrid player to have his name taken by referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez. Gabriel Paulista, Carlos Soler and Jose Luis Gaya were all booked for Valencia.

Valencia came here with the intent of keeping this tight as ever, and did do pretty well in terms of restricting Real Madrid overall. Any plans of holding out for a draw were quickly in tatters though as they conceded inside the first ten minutes.

That opening goal came in the eighth minute. A concerted spell of pressure from Real Madrid ending with Dani Carvajal winning the ball in the area towards the right by-line. Carvajal flicking in a cross which - in attempting to clear - Daniel Wass could only succeed in powering a header into his own net.

Real had the better of the remainder of the first half as Valencia struggled to make any inroads going the other way. Still only 1-0 at the break though.

The second half was more like it from Valencia from an attacking point of view. They had two excellent chances to equalise, firstly through Santi Mina who blazed over when clean through, and then through Michy Batshuayi who was denied by an excellent save from Thibaut Courtois.

The home side then made sure of the points in the 83rd minute. Karim Benzema receiving the ball in the left-hand side of the eighteen-yard box and doing really well to pick out Lucas Vazquez to slot home into the bottom right from around 7 yards. 2-0 final score.

Real Madrid move up into fifth on the back of this win and are now just one point off those crucial top four positions. Valencia languish down in 14th.

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