With the race for the La Liga tense than ever, Real Madrid will be looking to overcome an upset draw as they host side Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The match schedules for 22nd March with kickoff at 21:00 GMT.
A draw to side Celta Vigo was a compromise for Zinedine Zidane to extend his gap against rivals Barcelona. However, not all went to waste with only a point separating the two Spanish giants. Real Madrid side was caught off-guard with the late strikes that handed them a draw.
Zinedine Zidane will contend with the aggressiveness of the side ahead of the match with a number of injury woes in the squad. The side was on a winning streak before the draw to Celta Vigo. However, with new reinforcements to the squad, such as the unveiling of Brazilian wonder kind Jesus Reiner.
Coach Albert Celades suffered a midweek loss during the Champions League Round of 16 with a 4-1 defeat to Atalanta. The side is currently 7th in La Liga, with mixed performances from the side. The side is yet to regain their form last season that saw them secure a Champions League ticket.
Will Zinedine Zidane pull off a win and extend his lead in La Liga, or will Celades put on a surprising win from his misfiring team.
Real Madrid vs. Valencia Head to Head
Both sides have met 33 times in league with Real Madrid taking home 18 wins while Valencia contends with six wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid
Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-0 Valencia
Valencia 1-4 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia
Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia
Real Madrid Team News
Young star Jesus Reiner is the latest unveiling for the Los Blancos while hitting the training ground straight away after a January move from Flamengo. Winger Eden Hazard who made a comeback during their 2-2 draw, will be up for selection after an injury spell.
Center forward Marco Diaz, who suffers a knock will be on the sidelines. With the massive midweek clash with Manchester City in the Champions League, forward Luka Jovic is bound to have game time under Zidane.
Valencia Team News
Celades contends with injury woes in his camp, robbing him of all attacking options. Forward Rodrigo suffers a knee injury during their last encounter. Forward Paulista and Maxi Gomez will be facing a yellow card suspension.
Prediction and Odds
With the injury woes and lack of attacking threat by Valencia, Los Blancos are likely to pull off an easy win.
Real Madrid Win
Goals Over 2.5
Most Goals Second Half