La Liga: Madrid vs Pucela

La Liga champions Real Madrid played at home on Wednesday night for the first time when they took on Real Valladolid. Los Blancos have earned 4 points from their opening two games, both on away trips, while Valladolid has not won in three games so far.

Eden Hazard was out of Madrid's opening two games due to ankle problems and remains a big doubt for the clash. That is also the case for Marco Asensio and Eder Militao, when the duo has yet to play in the 2020-21 period due to knee and muscle problems. More concerning for Zidane will be the fitness of Marcelo and Toni Kroos, his minor injury that could leave him absent, meaning Federico Valverde has to play. Luka Jovic was a rare main kick against Betis and did not take full advantage of the opportunity, so Vinicius Junior is competing for a match with Karim Benzema on the next attack. Zinedine Zidane's men showed great bravery as they came upstream in Saturday's clash with Real Betis in a 3-2 win via Emerson's own own goal and Sergio Ramos's penalty after was led 1-2. Now it's been 13 games without defeat for Madrid, 11 of which end with a win, with champions making them incredibly hard to beat. Los Blancos also have 11 unbeaten matches against Valladolid, in a match that has run since November 2008, although they were held 1-1 in their most recent home encounter.

Jordi Masip had a coronavirus positive last week and was replaced with Roberto against Celta Vigo, while Raul Garcia pushed left-back and Oscar Plano hopes to be called back. Valladolid entered this match in extremely bad form after starting the 2020-21 campaign with 2 draws and 1 defeat, their home encounters with Real Sociedad and Celta Vigo ended with the score. 1-1 draw, Valladolid has currently lost 4 and drew 1 of the last 5 away matches, and only won 2 times in their trips as a guest in the past year. Sergio's team finished their 13th respectable last season, but if they want to stay relegated they need to wake up soon.

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