Real Madrid will aim to take the top spot in La Liga when they play Real Valladolid on Friday. Currently, Real Madrid is second in the league, trailing the leaders Barcelona by two points. Real Valladolid, on the other hand, is in 12th place with 17 points from their first 14 matches. Here is the Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid Kick-off Time, Preview, Prediction, Lineups & Standings.
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Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid Kick-off
Match: Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid LaLiga
Date: Dec 30, 2022
Time: 8:30 PM UK
Venue: Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla (Valladolid)
TV Channel: LaLigaTV, Viaplay (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Live Streaming: fuboTV
Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid Preview
Real Valladolid gained promotion to La Liga after finishing second in the Segunda Division last season. So far in the 2022-23 campaign, they have had a mixed record with five wins, two draws, and seven defeats, earning them 17 points and 12th place in the league, just two points behind Valencia in 10th. They are six points clear of the relegation zone and coming into this match on a high after beating Arenas Getxo 5-1 in the Copa del Rey on December 21.
Real Valladolid’s last league match was on November 8, a 3-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, but they have won three of their last five league matches, all of which were played at home. They have 13 points from their seven home games this season and will need to continue to perform well at home in order to potentially avoid relegation. In the 2020-21 season, Real Valladolid only lost to Real Madrid by a score of 1-0 in both of their league meetings.
Real Madrid’s last competitive match was a 2-1 victory over Cadiz on November 10, with goals from Eder Militao and Toni Kroos. This result placed them in second in the league, two points behind Barcelona, who will play Espanyol in the Barcelona derby on Saturday. A win for Real Madrid on Friday could temporarily move them to the top of the table.
Real Madrid has won 11, drawn two, and lost one of their 14 league games this season, earning 35 points. They have upcoming matches in the Copa del Rey against Cacereno on January 3 and the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals against Valencia on January 10, with the possibility of facing Real Betis or Barcelona in the final. Real Madrid is also aiming to defend their Champions League title this season and will play Liverpool in the last-16 stage of the competition.
Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid News
Real Valladolid will be without Jawad El Yamiq due to a hamstring injury, and Kenedy is a doubt with a groin issue. However, the team is otherwise in good shape for the match against Real Madrid. Shon Weissman is likely to start as the striker, with Roque Mesa and Ivan Sanchez potentially playing in the wing positions. Ivan Fresneda, an 18-year-old who has recently been linked with a move away from the club due to his strong performance, is also expected to start.
Real Madrid may have several players absent due to minimal preparation following their participation in the World Cup, including Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga, who are expected to be on the bench. Mariano Diaz is out with an ankle injury, but Karim Benzema is fit and could be joined by Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior in the attack. The potential midfield absences could lead to Dani Ceballos starting alongside Kroos and Federico Valverde, while Antonio Rudiger may not play and Militao could line up alongside David Alaba in defense, with Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal as fullbacks.
Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid Possible Lineup
Real Valladolid (Possible XI): Masip; Fresneda, Fernandez, J Sanchez, Escudero; Perez, Aguado; I Sanchez, Plano, Mesa; Weissman
Real Madrid (Possible XI): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Ceballos, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius
Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid Prediction
This upcoming match between Real Madrid and Real Valladolid could present a challenge for Real Madrid, as it is their first match following the World Cup and it is uncertain how they will perform. It is important for Real Madrid to not allow Barcelona to gain a significant lead in the league, and they will likely aim to secure a vital win in this match. However, it is worth noting that Real Valladolid has shown strong performance at home this season and could potentially present a difficult opponent for Real Madrid.
La Liga Standings
|Real Madrid||59||26||18||5||3||32|| |
|Real Sociedad||48||26||14||6||6||11|| |
|Athletic Club||36||26||10||6||10||8|| |
|Rayo Vallecano||36||26||9||9||8||1|| |