Valencia vs Real Madrid by Neuro
In the last game before the holiday break, Valencia was very stable in the defense in a 3-5-2 formation, but the team threatened little. However, they took advantage in one of rare chances created and preceded with a goal in 31st minute by Alcacer for the final 1:0 victory away to Eibar.
With this result, team of Nuno Espirito Santo completed two consecutive victories and remained fourth at the table, now being eight points away from the leaders from Real Madrid. They now want to show full competitiveness against league leaders, European champions and surely the most in-form club in the world at the moment. For this effort to be success, their coach will have to leave 3-4-2 formation aside and switch to their classic 4-3-3 with newly signed midfielder Perez from Benfica, taking the position of suspension Javier Fuego (16/0), who is absent for the first time this season. Significant return from suspensions will be defensive instrument Dani Parejo.
In the last competitive match before holiday break, Real Madrid won with a 2:0 score against San Lorenzo in the finals of Club World Cup held in Morocco. They had a bit of problems in that match, having some difficulties against a quality side, but still managed to get a professional victory with goals from Sergio Ramos in 37th and Gareth Bale in 51st minute.
With this result, team of Carlo Ancelotti added their twenty-second consecutive victory in all competitions and have, for the first time in their history, won four titles in one calendar year - Champions League, Club World Cup, Spanish Cup and European Super Cup. During the holiday break, they had a friendly game against AC Milan in Dubai, in which coach Ancelotti gave playing time to all of the players, while the game was more of an exbitional one, with Italian side winning fairly with a 4:2 result. Left back Marcelo (20/2) is doubtful for this game after picking up injury in Morroco, while the team continues without midfielder Luka Modric (14/1) who will be sidelined till February.
Valencia will probably this time try to defend themselves, at least at the start of the game, but Real will surely make the game as open as possible as the time progresses. Great tempo of the game, many opportunities and goals on both sides are expected here, with over probably coming very easy.