Gennaro Gattuso leaving Valencia has dominated the headlines over the last couple of days. In Gattuso’s absence, Voro Gonzalez has taken charge as the interim boss.
Real Madrid will be eager to get back to winning ways in La Liga when they welcome Valencia to the Santiago Bernabeu. The Thursday night fixture is one to keep an eye out for due to various reasons. For Real, it is a must-win to keep up pace with league leaders Barcelona, who are already starting to extend their lead at the top of the pile. On the other hand, Valencia fans will be eager to see how their manager-less team responds to a challenge of this magnitude.
Gennaro Gattuso leaving Valencia have dominated the headlines over the last couple of days. In Gattuso’s absence, Voro Gonzalez has taken charge as the interim boss. Gonzalez now has a difficult task in helping the club register an unlikely result at the home of the defending La Liga champions on Thursday night. These two clubs faced each other last month in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals when Real Madrid won the contest in a penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time.
As things stand, Valencia are languishing at the 14th spot in the La Liga table, having managed just 20 points from 18 games. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are sitting second in the standings with 42 points from 18 matches. The visitors are winless in their last four La Liga games, while the home side have tasted success only once in their last three league matches. With both sides in desperate need of points to climb up the table, their supporters can expect to see a closely-fought battle on Thursday night.
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There are not too many injury concerns but both sides will miss some key players for this match. Real Madrid will be short in the full-back positions. They will be without left-back Ferland Mendy for a good while. Lucas Vazquez will also be out of this match. However, Aurelien Tchouameni, David Alaba and Dani Carvajal will be in line to return. On the other hand, Valencia will be sweating over the fitness situation of Thierry Correia. Besides, they will miss Nico Gonzalez and Jaume Domenech.
Real Madrid possible line-up: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba, Tchouameni, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Vinicius Jr, Benzema
Valencia possible line-up: Mamardashvili, Foulquier, Comert, Ozkacar, Gaya, Musah, Guillamon, Lato, Kluivert, Lino, Cavani
|Atletico Madrid||3-1 (W)|
|Athletic Bilbao||0-2 (W)|
|Ath Bilbao||1-3 (L)|
|Real Madrid||2-1 (L)|
|Last 5 match-results||Score|
|Real Madrid beat Valencia||2-1|
|Real Madrid beat Valencia||4-1|
|Valencia lose to Real Madrid||1-2|
|Real Madrid beat Valencia||2-0|
|Valencia beat Real Madrid||4-1|
The La Liga match between Real Madrid and Valencia will take place at Santiago Bernabeu on Friday at 1:30 am IST.
The live telecast of the La Liga matches in India is available on the Sports 18 network. Fans will also be able to watch the match on Jio TV. Besides, the match between Real Madrid and Valencia can also be seen on DAZN, DAZN LaLiga in Spain.
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