Spirits were running high in the Real Madrid fan base after the win in El Clasico. However, then followed an inexplicable 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano at home which saw Los Blancos lose the first spot to Girona.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men will have the opportunity to take out their anger at Valencia on Saturday, November 11. The match at Santiago Bernabeu will kick off at 9 pm local time.
However, Los Che will be no pushovers as they are currently unbeaten in the last four matches. We will go deeper into the two team’s form in our Real Madrid vs Valencia tips.
Under 9.5 match shots on target
In general, Valencia are doing much better than last season when the once La Liga greats were in danger of relegation. Los Che currently sit eighth in the league with 18 points and on a run of four unbeaten matches.
These positive results have come in part due to the conservative approach which has been adopted by Ruben Baraja, who assumed the post mid-season in 2022/23. Thus, Valencia have one of the better defences in the league with 13 conceded goals. And they often keep their goal intact by parking the bus.
Playing against Real Madrid away, we expect Valencia to be more defensive than ever as even a point at Santiago Bernabeu would go a long distance. And while we do not exclude goals being scored, we believe that there will be a low number of shots on goal. Bet365 offers 2.00 odds on under 9.5 match shots on target.
Under 12 corners
Continuing with the same line of thinking from the previous part of our Real Madrid vs Valencia tips, a low number of shots should also bring about a low number of corner kicks. The odds on under 12 corner kicks stand at 1.50.
There were exactly 12 corner kicks between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano last weekend. The difference here would be that Valencia, while playing with a defensive block, usually meet the opposition higher than Rayo Vallecano. This can limit the amount of scoring opportunities even more.
And to use a recent example, there were just four corner kicks in Valencia’s recent 1-0 win over Granada at home. Finally, in case Real Madrid get an early lead, we can imagine Ancelotti telling the team to take it easy and preserve their energy ahead of the international break.
Jude Bellingham to score anytime
Real Madrid may be coming after a midweek game in the UEFA Champions League but they actually managed to rotate some key players on Wednesday. Their top goalscorer Jude Bellingham did not play a single minute against Braga and will be at his freshest to face Valencia.
With the departure of Karim Benzema to Al Ittihad, Bellingham has unexpectedly become Real Madrid’s main man in attack. This term so far, the English midfielder has already scored 10 goals in La Liga, leading in the race for the Pichichi Trophy.
Well-rested and perhaps angry after the draw with Rayo, we expect Jude Bellingham to be extra-motivated to score against Valencia. The visitors may put up a defensive block, but Madrid’s match against Barcelona taught us that Bellingham can score in any circumstance, be it with a long shot or after making a smart run into the box! The odds on him scoring anytime stand at 2.20.
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