Preview: Real Madrid vs. Valencia 

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Valencia 

Real Madrid and Valencia will lock horns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening, with a spot in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on offer for the two La Liga sides.

Los Blancos qualified for this stage of this competition by winning the 2022-23 La Liga title, while Valencia are present in the final four due to making last season’s Copa del Rey final.

Real Madrid are the second-most successful side in the history of the Spanish Super Cup, lifting the trophy on 12 occasions, including last season, when they beat Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition before overcoming Athletic Bilbao four days later.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have the chance to secure this trophy once again, as they qualified for the final four by winning last season’s La Liga title, and a victory on Wednesday would see them take on either Barcelona or Real Betis in the final of the competition on Sunday.

Los Blancos will enter this match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in La Liga, with Gerard Moreno’s penalty proving to be the difference between the two sides, and the reigning champions are now three points behind leaders Barcelona, who beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Sunday night.

Real Madrid will face Villarreal again in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey on January 17 before taking on Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad in their final two league games before the end of the month.

Los Blancos have won their last three matches against Valencia, including a 4-1 victory when the two sides last locked horns in January 2022; the pair also met in the Spanish Super Cup in January 2020, with the capital outfit running out 3-1 winners in the semi-finals of the competition.

Valencia, meanwhile, have only actually won the Spanish Super Cup on one occasion, lifting the trophy in 1999 by recording a 4-3 victory over Barcelona in the two-legged affair.

Los Che have been runners-up on three further occasions in 2002, 2004 and 2008, but their confidence will have been dented ahead of this match due to their 1-0 home defeat to struggling Cadiz on Friday.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side are currently 11th in the La Liga table, boasting 19 points from their opening 16 matches, which has left them eight points off the top six.

Valencia have again struggled for consistency in the league this season, losing seven of their 16 matches, but they are still present in the Copa del Rey, preparing to take on Sporting Gijon in the last-16 stage of the competition on January 17.

Los Che will be the underdogs heading into Wednesday’s affair, and they have only actually managed to beat Real Madrid on one occasion since early 2019.

Los Blancos were far from their best in Saturday’s loss to Villarreal, though, and Ancelotti’s side have not hit top form since returning to action following the 2022 World Cup.

Real Madrid form (all competitions):

Valencia form (all competitions):

We say: Real Madrid 2-1 Valencia
Real Madrid will enter this match off the back of a defeat, while they will be missing two influential players on Wednesday through injury. Valencia are more than capable of picking up a positive result here, and we are expecting a close game, but Los Blancos should have enough to navigate their way to Sunday’s final.

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