Primera Division Gameweek 5
Sep 19, 2021 KO: 19:00

Valencia - Real Madrid

Estadio de Mestalla Valencia
Referee: Pablo González
Hugo Duro 66'  
  86' Vinicius Jr
  88' Benzema

Match preview

Rodrygo to start - How Real Madrid could line up against Valencia

Rodrygo came off the bench for Real Madrid to score the winning goal against Inter in the Champions League

Real Madrid will be aiming to maintain their 100% record in the start of the new La Liga campaign when they face Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday evening.

Los Blancos have played four matches so far and won three of those while drawing the other.

They are by far the highest scorers so far, too, netting 13 times in those four matches.

Madrid face a tough test against Valencia, though, as Los Che also remain unbeaten in 2021/22 so far.

One major change that Carlo Ancelotti may implement is to bring Rodrygo into the starting XI in place of Lucas Vazquez. The Brazilian proved to be the match winner in the Champions League during the week, as it was his emphatic finish late on that gave Madrid the dramatic 1-0 away win.

Thibaut Courtois will start in goal behind a likely back four of Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho and David Alaba.

With Marcelo and Ferland Mendy both out injured, the Austrian may again be asked to play at left-back.

Toni Kroos is still injured while Ancelotti has only given Eduardo Camavinga cameos off the bench so far, so Luka Modric, Casemiro and Fede Valverde could start.

Camavinga has a goal and an assist in just 42 minutes of football, though, so expect to see him at some point.

Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema could partner Rodrygo in attack.

Real Madrid potential XI v Valencia

Recent Ratings

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  Average Match Rating  
6.1
  Home  
6.6
5.6
  Away  
6.8
5.9
  Total  
6.7

Match statistics

Valencia
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
13
Draws
5
6
Losses
7
1
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
31
39
Goals Per Game
1.55
1.95
More > 2.5 Goals
12
10
More > 3 Goals
6
7
Scored First in a Match
7
12
Scored Both Halves
6
6
Won More > 1 Goal
5
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
25
16
Did Not Score
5
4
Both Teams Scored
11
10
Kept Clean Sheet
5
9
Won Without Conceding
4
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
578
755
Possession
49
56
Passes
412
569
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
10
14
Shots on Target
3.79
4.75
Goals out of Shots
0.17
0.12
Crosses
15
18
Offsides
2.50
2.33
Penalties
0.25
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.45
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
18
15
Interceptions
9.88
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
15
11
Total Shots Conceded
13
11
Shots on Target Conceded
4.30
3.65
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.09
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
13
10
Yellow Cards
2.25
1.85
Red Cards
0.10
0.00

Injuries

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  5. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
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