Real Madrid comes from a 2:1 defeat against Juventus in semifinals of Champions League away from home in the first leg, as the team now needs a victory in the returning leg in order to clinch the grand finale, most probably to take a victory with two goals difference. They tried to impose their style during the match, but were surprised with how the hosts were concrete during the match.
At the same time, Real comes from a 3:2 victory away to Sevilla last weekend, with Cristiano Ronaldo being the star of the night with all three goals scored. They already had 3:1 lead since 68th minute when the Portuguese completed his hat-trick, while their performance fell significantly from then on, probably trying to save energy for the next Champions League game. Anyhow, the team remained second at the table, having two points less than Barca, three rounds till the end. Coach declared long time ago that he won’t rest any player, as the team continues with Sergio Ramos next to Pepe, after the first one played as midfielder. Striker Benzema has overcame his injury and will be included, with the hosts missing midfielder Luka Modric (16/1), as their only injury trouble.
Valencia, on the other side, comes from a 3:1 victory over Eibar last weekend. They were completely dominant and far more superior from the start of the game, with Otamendi scoring the opened in 25th, Parejo doubled up the lead at the start of second half. Paco scored the third in 71st, while the visitors only reduced the deficit in 84th via Arruabarrena.
With this result, team of Nuno Espirito Santo returned to winning ways and are now three points ahead of Sevilla since their closest followers have lost to their’s tonight opponent, being just a bit more relaxed in Champions League battle for fourth position. Each match remains a finale for them as the coach said, as they continue to be in a situation where the team must look for a positive result even when going to Santiago Bernabeu. Offensive midfielder Rodrigo Moreno Machado (31/3) is suspended for this game, while Paco Alcacer should start upfront after performing well against Eibar. Guests should be lined up in quite offensive 4-3-3 formation.
Open game is expected here in every sense. Real obviously have some problems in midfield without Luka Modric, while Valencia comes here in order to impose rhythm as well. Visitors won’t be satisfied fully with a point only since they are in tough situation as well and the game simply has to be attacking on both sides. My choices stand with both teams scoring and over goals. Line is a bit higher, but the home side is capable of scoring four by themselves in most of the matches this season.
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