VAL vs RM : It has been a very strange season for Valencia. At one point they were closer to the relegation zone than their preferred target of the Champions League places. No wonder manager Marcelino was coming under a huge pressure to hold on to his job. But Valencia are hitting the form at the right time and come into this match on a 10-game unbeaten streak. More importantly, Marcelino’s team have won five times in that period.
Considering the form Los Ches are in at the moment, you wouldn’t bet against them. In fact, a win in this match will take into the top-4 at the expense of 4th placed Getafe. Real Madrid, meanwhile, ensured three straight wins in Zinedine Zidane’s second coming at Santiago Bernabeu. But it was anything but a straight forward win over the rock-bottom Huesca.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Team News:
Injured – Marcelino has some decision to make as far as Valencia’s midfield is concerned. Defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin remains on the sidelines, while Cristiano Piccini, Ruben Sobrino, and Jaume Domenech are expected to miss the game as well.
Key Players – Rodrigo Moreno, Daniel Parejo
Injured – Vinicius Junior is out for the rest of the season, so he won’t be featuring. Thibaut Courtois suffered an injury on international duty with Belgium and missed the game against Huesca. The former Chelsea guard isn’t in the matchday squad named by Zidane. Right-back Daniel Carvajal is also out of the game.
Key Players – Benzema, Bale, Kroos
Valencia vs Real Madrid Playing 11
Valencia– Neto (GK), Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya, Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes, Rodrigo, Gameiro
Real Madrid– Zidane (GK), Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Isco, Casemiro, Modric, Vasquez, Benzema, Asensio