Are Madrid the Real Deal in Spain This Season?

Real Madrid finished the 2019-20 La Liga season like a train to win the title ahead of Barcelona, although they’ve had a short turnaround time when it comes to preparing for the new campaign and it was all too evident when Los Merengues were only able to draw 0-0 away at Real Sociedad.

It’s clearly too early to be forming judgement about Zinedine Zidane’s side, especially as they’re likely to be in a two-way tussle with Barcelona when it comes to the race for the championship, although they’ll want to start getting into the winning habit as quickly as possible.

This clash against Valladolid will be Real’s first home match of the season, with this potentially being their first clash which is won by an emphatic scoreline. Looking back at the 2019-20 season, the Spanish champions scored a healthy seventy goals in their thirty-eight games.

What Happened When Real Met Valladolid Last Season?

Valladolid actually acquitted themselves really well against the leading side in Spain last season. They were able to land a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu over a year ago before a slender 1-0 defeat in the reverse fixture.

It was noticeable in that game that Sergio Gonzalez’s team didn’t have any shots on target although they were effectively able to nullify their star opponents in the process. Perhaps a similar tactical approach will be deployed in this match.

Indeed, the Valladolid matches were generally low-scoring last season and their aim was to keep things tight home and away. The team managed a sum total of thirty-two goals in their thirty-eight matches and they conceded only forty-three goals.

The team started the season with a 1-1 draw against Sociedad before being beaten 2-0 at Betis and it appears that scoring goals will continue to be a problem for this side.

What Do The Bookies Expect to Happen?

Despite the fact that this game ended in a 1-1 draw last season, the bookies are of the opinion that Real Madrid will enjoy a handsome win in this game and all the betting money will surely come for Los Merengues in this clash.

At the time of writing, bet365 go 1/4 about Zidane’s side and that price is unlikely to change between now and kick-off, with many punters blindly backing Real Madrid when it comes to single bets and accumulators.

Real were unbeaten at the Bernabeu last season although they did have four draws including the one in this fixture and the bookies offer 5/1 about this game ending all square for a second successive season, while the prospect of an away win might seem like a remote one although William Hill offer 10/1.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

We’re not really sure that Real Madrid are going to be up to full speed for this match and it’s a virtual certainty that Eden Hazard isn’t going to be fully fit to line up in this clash, with the Belgian potentially on the bench for this encounter instead.

Hazard would clearly provide some attacking creativity, although there are others in the squad who can produce magic and that includes Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo who are Brazilian attacking players who could pose a dangerous threat with their pace and trickery.

We are going to play things a little differently and punt on the correct scores of 2-0 and 3-0 in favour of Real Madrid. We believe that Sergio Ramos and Thibaut Courtois can work in tandem to deny Valladolid any real scoring chances and think that playing the two above scores will push us close to making a profit.

Alternatively, you can simply back Real Madrid to win and keep a clean sheet rather than lump on their short odds considering that they’re not the finished article just yet.


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