Madrid seek to extend a seven-match winning run at the Santiago Bernabeu in all competitions when they set out against Valladolid on Saturday evening. Though the league title is far beyond their grip, all they play for is pride as a chance to compete in next season's Uefa Champions League is already guaranteed.
They will be without stand in skipper Sergio Ramos in this Primera Division encounter after picking a hamstring injury in their midweek win over Borussia Dortmund. Even at this, they are priced at 2/11 (1.18) with Ladbrokes to secure maximum points.
The visitors who play to secure their La Liga status are backed at 12/1 (13.00) to shock the hosts which appears unlikely. Should both sides prove too hard for one another, a draw is certain at 6/1 (7.00).
Considering the fact that Valladolid have failed to score a first-half goal away from home in any of their last six matches, they are backed at 4/1 (5.00) to do so.
Cristiano Ronaldo who has been the arrow head of Madrid’s attack this season is backed at a mouth watering 2/1 (3.00) to score first on the night, while his teammate, Gonzalo Higuain is a 7/2 (4.5) bet to do so.
Angolan forward Manucho is available at 12/1 (13.00) same as Carlos Casimiro, Javi Guerra and Oscar Gonzalez to get the curtain raiser. For a value bet back Madrid at over 1.5 goals in the game at 1/14 (1.07). Expect a very competitive tie as Real Valladolid seek their first win at Madrid since 2000.