On La Liga week 20 Valencia will be tested if their New Year’s comeback will continue or not when they host the Royal Club on Jan 27. Check out our Valencia vs Real Madrid predictions before placing a bet on the winner.
Online sportsbooks in Spain started calling Valencia “the Phoenix” in last November, expecting the team to succeed in emulating Leicester by winning the La Liga title. In December Valencia faced three unexpected losses and consequently slipping down the table to the 3rd place. The setback was soon over by winning three streaks – after the first draw in 2018 at Las Palmas. However those victories were on Deportivo La Coruna and Las Palmas – both teams in relegation zone, and on the 10th placed Girona. The real test will be against Los Blancos in the week 20. Our Valencia vs Real Madrid predictions opt for Los Che to prove they are still on rise.
Valencia vs Real Madrid predictions based on performance
(source: Valencia CF)
According to online sportsbook news the January 2018 record shows that Valencia deserves to stay 8 points ahead of Real Madrid in La Liga. Valencia had one safe draw 1-1 at Las Palmas in Copa del Rey fifth round and won three games in two weeks. In the meantime Real Madrid scored one victory (3-0) at the lower-tier team Numancia followed by two draws and one disappointing loss by Villarreal.
Valencia’s counter-attack is absolutely rapid. Both Simone Zaza and Rodrigo Moreno scored 19 goals, and they have the second best shot conversion rate this season after Barcelona. On the other hand, Real Madrid is 12 placed in terms of shot conversion rate. Los Blancos forward star Cristiano Ronaldo scored only four goals and his fellow striker Benzema scored only twice in the entire season.
Why Real Madrid remain in trouble?
The bad record is not only in Real Madrid’s attack, it is also within the midfield and defense. The German national Toni Kroos suffers from low accuracy in pass rate to his forward fellows this season. In addition Real Madrid’s left back Marcelo was one of the world best in his position, while this season his performance declined, and most of the 17 goals that Real Madrid let in so far in La Liga was because of the weak point on Marcelo’s side.
The first team of Real Madrid remains the same in comparison to 2016/17 La Liga season. The decline in performance did not convince Zinedine Zidane to buy some fresh players. Unlike Valencia team, which are full of young talents playing in all different positions under the new manager Marcelino.
Bet on the Winner
Although Valencia’s run was not smooth throughout the season, they are the favorites to win the match against Real Madrid. At Vbet Sportsbook Real Madrid have better odds standing at 1.90, while the odds for a victory to Valencia are 3.99. We recommend you to take the risk and bet on Valencia to win the match. If you feel Real Madrid may come back and improve their performance, then you can bet on a draw with even higher odds standing at 4.11.