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Real Madrid vs Valencia: Predictions, tips & betting odds

14:55 GMT 31/01/2023
Santiago Bernabeu
With the visitors conceding plenty of goals in the second halves of matches, the hosts should be able to get the job done at the Bernabeu

Real Madrid welcome Valencia to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday evening with Carlo Ancelotti's men looking for a win to cut the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Los Blancos were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Sociedad on Sunday evening but are clear favourites against a Valencia team in crisis following the departure of their manager Gennaro Gattuso.

Real Madrid vs Valencia latest odds

Los Che are just one point above the relegation zone and will have perennial caretaker manager Voro in charge for their visit to the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid have lost one home game in the last two years in the league and that defeat came 11 months ago against Barcelona.

The hosts are offered at 2/5 (1.40) with bet365 while the visitors can be backed at 13/2 (7.50).

The draw is available at 4/1 (5.00).

Real Madrid vs Valencia first goal scorer odds

Karim Benzema is by some distance the most fancied player to break the deadlock with the Frenchman offered at 11/4 (3.75), ahead of Rodrygo Goes at 11/2 (6.50) who comes next in the betting.

Vinicius Junior is available at 6/1 (7.00) while for the visitors, veteran forward Edinson Cavani is priced at 12/1 (13.00).

Real Madrid vs Valencia preview

Valencia's sorry situation is down in large part to institutional problems behind the scenes, and having their manager walk out in January is a major blow.

The team have been in poor form since the resumption from the World Cup taking just one point from a possible 12, with there being a noticeable drop off in their performances in the second halves of matches.

If games lasted 45 minutes, Valencia would be seventh with seven more points than they have now and there should be interest in backing them to drop off once more after the break at the Bernabeu against a highly motivated Madrid team.

Real Madrid vs Valencia tips and predictions

Draw half time/Real Madrid full time is priced at 3/1 (4.00) which looks like an appealing value bet, while backing the hosts to score in both halves could also be an attractive option at evens (2.00).

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