Real Madrid are hoping to stay in contention for the La Liga title when they play host to Real Valladolid in their next league game. The hosts go into this game having managed 56 points while Real Valladolid have 28 points in 16th place. Ahead of the international break, Real Madrid fell 12 points off the title race following a 2-1 loss at Barcelona, a highlight of their inconsistent campaign domestically. They have two wins in their last three matches and two clean sheets in their last five matches. One area of strength for Real Madrid going into this game has to be their home form. They haven't lost a game at home in the league this season, and they are unbeaten in the last 16 matches at Santiago Bernabeu. The last team to beat them at home was Barcelona last season in La Liga.
Real Valladolid are only two points above the drop zone thus are expected to go into this game to try and get points to lift them away from the bottom positions. Eight wins in 26 matches points to a tough season for Valladolid in La Liga; they have just one win in six matches coming into this game and four of their last five have produced over 2.5 goals. Valladolid have conceded two or more goals in three of their last five matches. They will be seeking their first clean sheet in six matches here, but a run of seven losses in nine away league matches isn’t a run to inspire much confidence.
Real Madrid have the upper hand here, even though they haven't been at their best in recent matches. They have done well at home, and against Valladolid, who come here with a poor away run especially. A dominant show from Real Madrid is expected here and our prediction for Real Madrid v Real Valladolid is for Real Madrid to lead in both halves.