Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Real Madrid will look to bounce back from a loss in “El Clasico” when they welcome Real Valladolid to their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and, it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to win Sunday’s clash. Nacho Fernandez is banned for the match, while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois misses out with a muscle problem. David Alaba should recover in time to face La Pucela.
Real Valladolid, meanwhile, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Athletic Club before the international break, which is yet another reason why we are going to bet on the hosts. As for the visiting team, defender Javi Sanchez is banned for the match, while all Selim Amallah, Jordi Masip, and Anuar remain in the treatment room. In the first half of the season Real Madrid recorded a routine 2-0 win over Real Valladolid.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (Valladolid):
Real Valladolid is a Spanish club based in Valladolid, the part of the autonomous community of Castille and Leon. Founded in 1928, Real Valladolid play their home matches at Jose Zorilla, the venue that has the capacity 26,512. La Pucela have yet to win the La Liga title, but it is important to note that they finished fourth at the end of the 1962/1963 season.
Real Valladolid made it to the Spanish Cup final on two occasions (1949/1950, 1988/1989). In 1984 they won Copa de la Liga (League Cup), which is considered the team’s biggest success. Speaking of their European records, Real Valladolid participated in the 1989/1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
La Pucela are well known for their purple and white shirts, but they are known for some top-class footballers as well. The likes of Diego Costa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Borja Fernandez, Rene Higuita, Luis Garcia and Aritz Aduriz played for Real Valladolid in the past.