La Liga returned to action over the weekend and each of the top three teams picked up wins so Real Madrid enters their Thursday home match against Valencia in second place. Los Blancos are two points behind their rivals from Barcelona in the title race and nine points ahead of third-place Sevilla. Meanwhile Valencia are now just three points out of a spot in Europa League and four points away from the final Champions League spot with 10 games left. Let’s have a closer look at this Valencia v Real Madrid matchup so you can place your bets against their LaLiga odds.
Valencia v Real Madrid Betting Preview
The first La Liga meeting between these teams ended in a 1-1 draw on December 15 when Karim Benzema scored in the fifth minute of added time to cancel out Valencia’s 78th minute strike from Carlos Soler. They also met in January in the semifinals of the Supercopa de Espana in Saudi Arabia as Real Madrid won 3-1 behind goals from Toni Kroos, Isco and Luka Modric.
Real Madrid Betting Preview – On the Chase
Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona on Sunday as they thumped Eibar 3-1 at home in their first game since March 8. Kroos scored in the fourth minute before Sergio Ramos and Marcelo Vieira also tallied goals in the first half. Eden Hazard showed no ill-effects from his early March surgery to repair a broken fibula as he logged 60 minutes in the win.
Karim Benzema leads the way with 19 goals on the season in all games with 14 of those in La Liga play. He also leads the team in assists with nine while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has 12 clean sheets in 25 La Liga starts. Real Madrid have 34 league points at home this season with 10 wins and four draws in a 14-match league unbeaten streak that dates back to May 19, 2019.
Valencia CF Betting Preview – Fight for Europe
Valencia came back from the COVID break with a bizarre home draw against Levante. The game was scoreless in the 89th minute when Rodrigo scored what appeared to be a winner for the hosts. But a VAR penalty deep into stoppage time set up Levante for the spot kick and Gonzalo Melero converted for the 1-1 draw.
Maxi Gomez and Daniel Parejo lead Valencia with eight league goals while Rodrigo has seven assists. Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen has allowed 20 goals in 17 La Liga starts with three clean sheets while Jaume Domenech has three clean sheets and 20 goals allowed in 11 starts. On the season Los Murcelagos have not been good on the road picking up just three wins and three draws in 13 league games.
Valencia v Real Madrid Betting Lines
Valencia have a negative goal differential on the season, haven’t won at the Bernabeu since 2008 and Los Murcelagos haven’t won on the road in league play since December. Look for Real Madrid to stay unbeaten at home and keep pace with Barcelona down the wire with all three points from Thursday’s match.
- Money Lines: Real Madrid win –270 / Valencia CF win +606 / Draw +386
- Over/Under: 3 goals (O -128, U -103)
My Bookie Free Pick: Real Madrid to win 3-1.