The Valencia vs Real Madrid match will be played this Sunday, December 22, 2013 (12:00 PM Pacific), at the Mestalla Stadium. Valencia is currently sitting in 10th place of the La Liga standings with 20 points, and Real is 3rd with 36 points. Both teams find themselves in a bad rut – Valencia sacked Miroslav Djukic following Valencia’s defeat at Atletico Madrid last weekend, and Real lost 2 point at Osasuna, and Atletico and Barcelona are further and further away.
Real Madrid will try to win in every game. Carlo Ancelotti must find a winning formula fast, or the trophy in La Liga for the Royal club will be just a dream for another season. On the other hand, after sacking Miroslav Djukic, Valencia appointed inexperienced Nico Estevez as their new coach. Estevez is the coach from the youth academy at Valencia, and since he hasn’t got any experience at all, maybe he will be just a caretaker for Valencia’s bench, but for now, he has the full support of the board. Debut against a big club such as Real Madrid will be a baptism of fire for the young coach.
For this match, Valencia will be without the help of Ricardo Costa, and Daniel Parejo is doubtful. Real has much bigger problems, especially in the back, with Varane still injured and Pepe suspended. After appeal, the suspension following Ramos red card against Osasuna was cancelled, so he will be available for this match. Nacho will probably feature in the full back position besides him.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Prediction
Valencia will probably allow Real to have ball possession, and wait for a chance to counter. Dani Parejo is one of the best players in Valencia this season, and if he couldn’t play, that would made a great damage to Valencia’s ambition in this match. On the other hand, Real is under a great pressure, they must win every game now because they dropped a lot of points so far. It is expected that Cristiano Ronaldo will take the matter into his own hands and try to lead Real to victory in this match.
Considering all the facts, Real Madrid situation and problems that the Royal club has in defense, the prediction is that Real will win this game 2-4.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Television
The match will be televised on beIN Sports en Espanol at 12:00 PM Pacific.