Valencia v Real Madrid Betting Tips & Odds – 27/01/18

Valencia v Real Madrid Betting Tips & Odds – 27/01/18

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Valencia v Real Madrid Betting Tips & Odds

In our Valencia v Real Madrid betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

La Liga’s standout game of the weekend sees a decisive encounter at the Mestalla, as Marcelino’s Valencia play host to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid. Valencia are looking the strongest they have in several years, with some comparisons even being made between their current form and the side Rafa Benitez led to a league title back in 2002, but there’s been far too many slip ups which has clearly held them back from living up to their fullest potential. Real Madrid have been suffering from a similar fate, dropping points left, right and centre, and just being distinctly less convincing than in their usual campaigns, leaving them a distance from their usual standing in the Spanish title race. These sides enjoyed a thrilling first encounter of the season back in August, where Valencia held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.

Luka Modric Real Madrid

Real Madrid fought tooth and nail to defeat Valencia but simply couldn’t trump Marcelino’s men

Valencia have held Real Madrid to a draw in four of their last eight encounters

Since the arrival of Marcelino in the summer, Valencia have finally adjusted to the return of their aspirations of success in La Liga, which had all but faded since they enjoyed a spectacular title win under Rafa Benitez back in 2002. They’d expected to be challenging last season after spending quite efficiently in the summer and thought they’d made a shrewd choice in bringing in an element from Rafa’s past success, putting Pako Ayestaran at the helm, who’d worked as assistant manager during the title win. He fell well short of their weighty ambitions, losing his job and being replaced by two more coaches in what eventually turned out to be a dangerously topsy-turvy campaign for The Bats.

Those expectations are seriously being matched this time around and it’s hard to say a bad word against Valencia who, to their credit, have transformed into a side capable of finishing in those all-important top few places of the table. They were fighting alongside Barcelona for the top at the start of the campaign, helped by Real Madrid’s underachieving form, but they’ve somewhat tailed off in carelessly dropping points over recent weeks, with it being enough to significantly unnerve the club’s fans. It was hoped that the January loan acquisition of Luciano Vietto would be enough to prompt some stronger performances but, despite netting a hattrick in his debut, The Bats’ return to form in going five games unbeaten was ruined in a shock 2-1 defeat to Las Palmas last weekend.

Geoffrey Kondogbia Valencia

The Bats will need to avoid further slip-ups in future weeks if they wish to remain as high as they currently sit

Zidane’s men showed true resilience in their major comeback last weekend

It’s hard to determine what exactly is going so wrong for Real Madrid this season, but it’s been enough to see them fall out of the title race by quite a distance. They’re regularly challenging with Barcelona for the title and are regularly seen as equals to the Spanish giants, with there being a split on who’s seen as the stronger of the two. It’s been a far easier question in the current campaign though, as a whopping nineteen gap has prevented Real Madrid from reaching the heights of Ernesto Valverde’s men. Most managers would have been sacked by now, and Real Madrid are known for chopping and changing on, but it’s harder to let go of the former player, as he’s such a legend for the club, and a legend in general.

Although a lot of sides would gladly take the record Real Madrid currently sit with but their five defeats and six draws in all competitions have seen them slip away from the title race by a distance. Fourth place is only being held by Los Blancos with outstretched fingers, as just a point keeps them there, and Valencia sit above them in third by a gap of five points. Cristiano Ronaldo has been prolific in the Champions League but simply hasn’t played up to his usual level in La Liga, with Gareth Bale helping in finding form after his return to injury, but matching the tally of Ronaldo who’s been playing in succession, both with six goals each. Midfielders Isco and Marco Asensio have helped in midfield with their combined eight goals and seven assists.

Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is starting to show stronger form, and it’s crucial, as Real Madrid look like they need a new hero

Odds

If you want to get behind Valencia to bounce back after a devastating defeat, they’re priced up at odds of 18/5 on Betfair. If you could see this tense encounter finishing off as a draw, odds of 18/5 are available for that outcome on BetVictor. If you’d rather get behind Real Madrid to show more quality than in the weeks gone by, they’re given odds of 7/10 on Betway.

Recommended Bets:

Draw (Best priced at 18/5 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

Both teams to score (Best priced at 2/5 on Ladbrokes) – BET HERE

Marco Asensio to score anytime (Best priced at 3/2 on SkyBet) – BET HERE

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