Real Madrid vs. Valencia 6/18/20 La Liga Soccer Picks and Prediction
Valencia (11-10-7) at Real Madrid (17-8-3)
La Liga Soccer: Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Alfredo di Stefano Stadium)
The Line: Real Madrid -265 / Draw +395 / Valencia +650 -- O/U: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Real Madrid host Valencia in La Liga soccer action from the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
Real Madrid come into this game still in 2nd place behind Barcelona, parked on 59 points with a record of 17 wins, 8 draws and a league low 3 losses after a 3-1 win over Eibar in their last match. Real got on the board early, 4 minutes in early off of the boot of Toni Kroos, and the lead held until Sergio Ramos added a second in the 30th and Marcelo made it 3-0 just seven minutes after that. Eibar would pull a goal back in the 60th minute, but in the end that’s as close as Eibar would get as Real held on for the victory. Karim Benzema leads Real Madrid with 14 goals and 6 assists while Sergio Ramos has 6 goals and Toni Kroos and Daniel Carvajal each have 5 assists. Thibaut Courtois is the #1 goalkeeper for Real Madrid, conceding 0.64 goals per 90 minutes with 12 clean sheets in 25 league appearances this season.
Valencia on the other hand, come into this match in 8th place on 43 points with a record of 11 wins, 10 draws and 7 losses after picking up a 1-1 draw against Levante in their last match. In the tie against Levante, the match didn’t see much action until the last quarter of an hour of regular time, with Levante being reduced to ten men with a second yellow card and Rodrigo made Levante pay in the 89th minute to give Valencia the lead late on. However, Levante would tie the game in the eighth minute of second half stoppage time from the penalty spot, leaving Valencia with just a single point to show for their hard work. Maxi Gomez leads Valencia with 9 goals while Daniel Parejo has 8 goals and Rodrigo Moreno has a team-high 7 assists this season. Daniel Wass has 6 assists and Ferran Torres has 4 assists for Valencia this season.
I considered Valencia or even more so the draw as Real Madrid had come into this one kind of scuffling, winning just two of their last five league matches, but Madrid looked good in their first game after the break and I think they can keep that going against a Valencia team that they’ve had success against in the past. However, I don’t expect Valencia to go down without a fight, so I’ll take Real Madrid to win with Both Teams to Score to get some decent value out of the wager here.