Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(65) 48 Goals 71 (100)
(47) 24 Assists 44 (69)
(6.9) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.2 (7)
28.4 Average Age 27.8
178.5 Average Height (cm) 184.8
(1.1) 1.5 Shots pg 1.5 (1.3)
(49%) 47% Aerial Duel Success 58% (58%)
(0.6) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.6)
(1.9) 1.8 Tackles pg 1.6 (1.6)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Jeremy Mathieu Out 6.85
David Albelda Out 6.94
Sergio Canales Out 6.75
João Pereira Out 6.78
Daniel Parejo Out 7.06
Sofiane Feghouli Out 6.88
Player Reason Status Rating
Pepe Out 7.04
Kaká Out 6.75
Sergio Ramos Out 7.45

Team News

  • Valencia continued to close the gap on those above them in the race for the final Champions League place as they beat Sevilla 2-0 thanks to two goals from Roberto Soldado.
  • However, Los Che were defeated by the same scoreline by their opponents this weekend in the first-leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final on Tuesday night in a controversial game in which Ernesto Valverde's men felt a number of key decision went against them.
  • Valverde named his strongest possible line-up for their trip to the Bernabeu but will be forced into at least two changes for the re-match on Sunday as Joao Pereira and Dani Parejo are suspended, so Fernando Gago and Antonio Barragan should return.
  • Real Madrid's problems away from home this season continued as they could only manage a 0-0 draw at bottom-placed Osasuna last weekend.
  • Jose Mourinho will once again be without his preferred central defensive pairing of Sergio Ramos and Pepe so Raphael Varane and Raul Albiol are likely to start with Ricardo Carvalho being rested after he played the full 90 minutes on Tuesday.
  • Kaka is also suspended after his red card in Pamplona but more significant is the return of Cristiano Ronaldo after he was banned last time out.
  • Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao could also all start after being left on the bench for the cup game in midweek.

Prediction

  • Despite eventually losing out on Tuesday, Valencia demonstrated how much they have improved under Valverde as they controlled the game for long spells and with Madrid again having to field a weakened defence they will surely punish the champions if they are given the same number and quality of chances they created in midweek.
  • However, as they showed again in Karim Benzema's opening goal the other night, the more Valencia attack, the more Madrid will have space to break and that very much remains their best mode of attack. With Ronaldo and possibly Di Maria and Higuain back they will also pose a significant goal threat in what should be an open and entertaining encounter.
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