Over the last six weeks Real Madrid have been a punter’s dream; ten matches played, ten wins, 38 goals scored, it has been impossible not to back them.
Tomorrow evening’s trip to Mestalla should on paper be one of their trickiest games, but back in April it was the scene of their most impressive away performance of last season as they romped to a 6-3 win.
Saturday’s tie should see another Madrid success. They are priced at 53/100 to record an eleventh consecutive victory, while the draw is available at 31/10 and a home win at 19/4.
The team from the capital return from the international break with a healthy three point lead at the top of La Liga, and crucially have already secured top spot in their Champions League group.
This means their focus will be entirely on tonight’s game with the midweek European match against Dinamo Zagreb likely to see some of their fringe players getting a run out.
Apart from Angel di Maria, who is missing through injury, Jose Mourinho has the full artillery of his imperious squad to choose from.
And Valencia will still have the memory of their 6-3 drubbing very much in their minds – a match in which coach Unai Emery claimed his side had made fools of themselves.
A repeat of the same scoreline is at the very least highly unlikely, although those fancying a goal fest could be tempted by the 35/1 offered for eight or more goals in the match.
This is not as ridiculous as you might think as Madrid have been involved in two matches already this season with eight goals.
But a smarter bet would be to take Valencia to score the first goal of the match in the first half at 27/10.
The team from the eastern coast of Spain have taken the lead in 11 of their 15 matches so far this season, and with an expectant Mestalla keen to banish the recollections of April’s disastrous result the home side should make a high tempo start.
But Madrid are nothing if not resilient, as shown when they went a goal down within 15 seconds at home to neighbours Rayo Vallecano earlier this season only to win the match 6-2.
As you would expect, Jose Mourinho has imbued his talented squad with intrinsic belief and exceptionally strong spirit.
Backing them at 13/10 to win giving Valencia a 1-0 head start therefore looks without doubt to be the bet of the night.
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