Saturday, September 18, 2021

Valencia CF vs Real Madrid Match Preview

Valencia CF has had a great start to the season with the expectations of the team being very low and basically finishing in the top 10 side of the table though of as success for this season. Now that the team has had a very impressive start to the season the goal has shifted a little bit, with the possibility of playing European football being a real possibility. I think its still highly unlikely for Valencia CF to end up in the top 4 positions to play Champions league football, but top 6 positions seems plausible. 

Tomorrow will be a big test for Valencia CF as they are going to welcome Real Madrid at the Mestalla. The tickets and seats for this match have been increased to I believe 29.000 and the Mestalla will be half full. These past few seasons we've done well against the big clubs like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, so that doesn't really show anything, because we've struggled against all other clubs, so even if we lose to Real Madrid tomorrow it won't be a big deal, as the key will be winning against the smaller clubs and drawing with our direct rivals like Sevilla, Getafe CF and Villarreal CF. 

Real Madrid had a mid week match against Inter, one which they just barely won, but considering their standard starting eleven played the whole match and only 3 substitutions were made, I'm hoping that they are a little bit tired from that match and we can possibly use that to our advantage, especially with Bordalas as the coach who is very demanding in a physical sense, so hopefully he'll demand extra physicality in this match and for our players to press high and hard. 

I think that is our best chance to win, press high and hard, abuse the fact that they played a match in mid week and force their players to tire sooner, allowing us to dominate more of the play and create chances. Another key would be to not make any mistakes in the back and close down Real Madrid players really quickly before they are able to create any dangerous chances. This is also not the Real Madrid of 3-4 years ago, they are much weaker and do not posses the same level of talent. Some of their key players are also in an advanced age so we are not dealing with prime time Real Madrid, we are dealing with a Madrid side that is on the end years of their success. While Valencia CF also has a lot of shortcomings and we are still questionable in attack, Maxi Gomez is still a big question mark and our midfield can still quite often cede control of the ball for much of the match, we are better prepared physically this season, we have some of the fastest players in the league and our defense this season seems to be performing much better which will be crucial to getting good results.

Real Madrid is also missing Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos through injuries and players like Eden Hazard and Jovic seem to be out of favor with Anceloti, so all the better for Valencia CF. 

Stat nameReal Madrid
Real Madrid
9Goals scored13
2Goals conceded6
75% (3)Wins75% (3)
75% (1)Draws75% (1)
0% (0)Defeats0% (0)
2.25Goals per game3.25
0.50Goals conceded per game1.50
3 (75%)Over 1.53 (75%)
2 (50%)Over 2.53 (75%)
1 (25%)Over 3.53 (75%)
1 (25%)Over 4.53 (75%)
2 (50%)BBTS3 (75%)
2 (50%)Clean sheets1 (25%)
8.25Corners per game8.50
3.75Corners for per game6.00
4.50Corners against per game2.50
43.00%Ball possession57.25%
10.50Shots avg18.25
4.25Shots on goal avg6.75
2.25Offsides avg3.75
281.50Passes avg558.75
70.05%Completed passes87.65%
2.75 (11)Yellow cards avg2.25 (9)
0.25 (1)Red cards avg0.00 (0)

Valencia CF Squad: Mamardashvili, Correia, Paulista, Alderete, Gaya; Soler, Hugo, Wass Foulquier; Maxi, Guedes

Winning Probability: Valencia CF 30%, Draw 40%, Real Madrid 30%

Result Prediction: I think its going to be a close match with both sides able to win, I think there will be at least two goals scored, but I'm going to give this one a draw. I think both sides would score once, but after a 1-1 result both sides will be content to play out for a draw. So Valencia CF 1-1 Real Madrid.