class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The La Liga champions have a strong defensive record despite three home defeats this season, and our tipster expects them to keep the score down here
Real Madrid welcome Valencia to the Estadio Alfredo di Stefano on Sunday with Zinedine Zidane’s side looking for their third consecutive win in La Liga.
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The reigning champions have responded to the disappointment of losing at home to Levante two weeks ago by recording wins against Huesca and Getafe, and Los Blancos will be aiming for another victory against another team in the bottom half of the table.
Indeed, Valencia have won just five of their 22 matches this season, although one of those victories did come against Madrid at Mestalla back in November.
Real Madrid vs Valencia Latest Odds
The hosts have won seven and lost three of their 10 home league matches this season, with those defeats coming against Levante, Cadiz and Alaves – who are currently 9th, 14th, and 16th, respectively, in the table.
Valencia sit 12th and are offered at 7/1 (8.00) by bet365 to claim three points, while Madrid are priced at 2/5 (1.40) and the draw at 15/4 (4.75).
Real Madrid vs Valencia Team News
The 34-time La Liga winners remain without Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Fede Valverde, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Marcelo and Eder Militao, although Toni Kroos is back from suspension.
The visitors are missing suspended centre-back Hugo Guillamon and also have doubts over fellow central defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Mouctar Diakhaby.
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Los Blancos’ home form may be a cause for concern for Zinedine Zidane, yet Valencia’s record on the road is even more alarming.
Javi Gracia’s team have claimed just two league wins in their last 22 matches away from Mestalla dating back to December 2019, during which time they have conceded two or more goals on 13 separate occasions.
Real Madrid may have lost three times at home this term, yet they surprisingly boast the second-best home defensive record in the division – conceding seven times in 10 games and keeping five clean sheets.
At the other end of the pitch, Zidane’s side have been consistent if not spectacular scorers, netting more than three goals just once in their last 24 home league games, which came in a 4-1 win against bottom club Huesca in October.
Real Madrid vs Valencia Tips and Predictions
Backing a low-scoring home win makes plenty of sense and Real Madrid to claim victory in a match with under 3.5 goals is priced at a healthy looking 5/4 (2.25).
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