Valladolid faces Real Madrid in Sunday night’s La Liga encounter at Jose Zorrilla. After claiming a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu earlier this season, can Valladolid make life tricky for Los Blancos again when the side meet at Jose Zorrilla this Sunday?
Following their Supercopa de Espana triumph in Saudi Arabia, Real Madrid made a successful return to La Liga action against Sevilla last weekend, grinding out a vital 2-1 win at Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a double salvo from Casemiro.
The result bolstered Real’s unbeaten run in La Liga to 11 matches (W7, D4), and ensured that they, along with El Clasico rivals Barcelona, surged eight points of the chasing pack at the top of the table.
It looks like a two horse race now between the pair, and Los Blancos will be hoping that they can edge their noses in front this weekend, with Barca facing a potentially tough trip to Mestalla to take on Valencia.
Real should certainly uphold their end of the bargain based on all recent form and their strong record on the road this term (W5, D4 and L1), with host’s Valladolid continuing to toil.
Valladolid avoided defeat once again on Matchday 20 after playing out a dull 0-0 stalemate against Osasuna at Estadio El Sadar, but the result means it’s now eight games since Pucela last tasted success in La Liga (D5, L3).
Sergio’s side slid a further place down the table to 15th following Alaves’ 0-1 win at Levante, but the gap between themselves and the relegation zone remains at six points going into this weekend’s clash at Jose Zorrilla.
Valladolid produced arguably their best performance of the campaign to claim a point when these two teams met at the Bernabeu in late August, and the bare stats suggest that Pucela have a chance of holding Los Blancos again this Sunday after losing just one of their nine home games in La Liga this season.
Nonetheless, Real have moved through the gears since the reverse fixture, and should have enough class to see off the limited hosts, who have failed to score in six of their last eight league matches.
With 22 points separating these sides in the La Liga standings and Real going from strength to strength, we fully expect Zinedine Zidane’s men to get the job done at Jose Zorrilla this Sunday, even though there’s likely to be a fair degree of resistance from Valladolid who have conceded just six goals at home this season.
Pucela’s fixtures at Jose Zorrilla have generally been low scoring affairs, with fewer than 2.5 goals scored in all but two of their nine home matches.
Real have netted ten goals in their last five away La Liga matches, with Los Blancos expected to ease their way to three points after a tight opening period.
VLD VS RM: Match timing and details
The game will be played on 27th January 2020 at 01:30 AM. The venue is Estadio José Zorrilla, the home stadium of Real Valladolid. The live scores and scoreboard details will be available on the official websites.
VLD VS RM: Recent form
VLD VS RM: Head-to-head
It’s been 12 years since Valladolid last won against this opponent.
16 of the former 19 wins went to the Royal Whites.
In the last 22 years, Valladolid have recorded a total of two wins at home.
The last time these two met at this stadium, Real won 1-4.
VLD VS RM: Predicted starting lineup
Real Valladolid: Masip; Fernandez, Olivas, Salisu; Nacho, Emeterio, Alcaraz, Michel, Moyano; Unal, Guardiola
Real Madrid: Courtois; Mendy, Militao, Varane, Nacho; Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Rodrygo, Benzema
VLD VS RM: Best players
Real Valladolid: Moyano, Unal, Guardiola
Real Madrid: Kroos, Rodrygo, Benzema
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