Rumours abound that Jose Mourinho could be set to return to the Santiago Bernabeu dugout,
with Santiago Solari coming under severe pressure after Los Blancos suffered successive defeats to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-finals
before being ousted from the Champions League last-16 stage by Ajax in humiliating circumstances.
Real Madrid head into the weekend third in the Spanish top-flight, five points adrift of Atletico and 12 behind their fiercest rivals in first.
They will still be expected to take care of business against a Valladolid team majority-owned by the original Ronaldo that sit 16th
and only three points above the relegation zone having claimed just one solitary victory to date in 2019 – against Celta Vigo in January.
Sergio’s side, who were promoted from the Segunda Division last season, lost 3-1 to Espanyol last weekend.
After a tough week for the side from the capital, we are backing a low-key start to the game when they visit the Estadio Jose Zorilla on Sunday evening
Real Madrid returns to La Liga action this weekend away to Valladolid, with Santiago Solari’s side hoping to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment in midweek.
Los Blancos were stunned 4-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night by Ajax, knocking them out of the competition they have won in each of the last three seasons.
To make matters worse, the defeat to Ajax was preceded by two consecutive losses against Barcelona which saw them dumped out of the Copa del Rey and fall 12 points behind their rivals in the league.
Score prediction: Valladolid 0-2 Real Madrid
Team News of Real Valladolid vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid will once again be without Sergio Ramos – who is said to have had an extraordinary bust-up with club president Florentino Perez after the 4-1 defeat by Ajax – due to suspension.
Marcos Llorente, Vinicius, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal are all injured, while Gareth Bale is expected to be sidelined with an ankle problem.
Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal all picked up knocks against Ajax and all four are set to miss out,
although Bale has an outside shot of playing. Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is supsended for the game.
For the hosts, Toni Villa and Luismi are doubts.
Real Valladolid Masip; Olivas, B. Fernandez, J. Fernandez; Antonito, Mohamed, Alcaraz, Nacho; Plano; Unal, Guardiola.
Real Madrid Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.
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Real Madrid have won four out of the last five La Liga meetings between the sides, with Real Valladolid’s last win coming in 2008.
That same year also yielded Madrid’s largest margin of victory against the opponent, winning 7-0 in a comprehensive home win.
Madrid came out on top in the October tie between the teams, winning 2-0 courtesy of a late goal from substitute Vinicius Junior and a Sergio Ramos penalty.