27 January 2020
In-form Real Madrid will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga (LL) H2Hs with Real Valladolid to 11 games (W8, D2) when the two sides lock horns at the Estadio José Zorrilla this weekend.
A shock 2-1 away loss to Tenerife in their midweek’s Copa del Rey fixture now means that the hosts have failed to pick up a win (in 90 minutes) in five consecutive games in all competitions (D4, L1). Moreover, the ‘Pucelanos’ are winless in eight straight LL matches (D5, L3), mainly thanks to their immense difficulties in the attacking third. In fact, they’ve drawn a blank in six of those eight games, with two of three goals they scored in the other two coming inside the final 15 minutes of action. Although they’ve lost just once in nine LL home matches this campaign, Sergio Gonzalez’s players have played out six draws already (W2), with all but two of those fixtures featuring under 2.5 goals.
It’s been a dream start to the new calendar year for the visitors, who have won all five of their competitive matches since the turn of 2020, scoring over 1.5 goals in four of those successes. What’s more, Los Blancos have avoided defeat in each of their last eight road trips in all competitions (W6, D2), keeping a clean sheet on half of those occasions while restricting their opponents to a maximum of one goal per match on the other four. Zinedine Zidane’s men are big pre-match favorites here too, especially as they’ve won three of their previous four top-flight trips to Valladolid (D1), netting three or more goals in each of those victories. Real’s away action usually sparks into life after the break, with 63% of their LL goals scored on the road arriving in the second half.
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