Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid – LIVE!

The reigning champions return to LaLiga action tonight looking to record a second consecutive victory.

After starting their title defence with a goalless draw against Real Sociedad, Zinedine Zidane’s side edged out 10-man Real Betis in a five-goal thriller in Seville at the weekend.

Los Blancos will hope for a more comfortable evening against winless Valladolid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, but Eden Hazard will miss out once again after his latest injury setback.

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Date, time and venue

Real Madrid vs Valladolid is scheduled for an 8:30pm BST kick-off on Wednesday, September 30.

This match will be played behind closed doors at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – Madrid’s training ground and temporary home for matches while renovation work continues at the Santiago Bernabeu – with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: UK viewers will be able to watch the match on Premier Sports, in conjunction with LaLigaTV, which holds the rights to show Spanish football across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Viewers with a Sky subscription can sign up to watch LaLigaTV for free until October 15, while those who don’t have the same time to sign up and stream matches on Premier Player.

For more information, click here.

Team news

Real Madrid will be missing Toni Kroos against Valladolid, with the German midfielder having suffered a muscle injury in the first half at Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday evening.

Hazard did look set to make his first appearance of the season following an ankle problem, but will now miss more time as the result of a fresh right leg injury.

Eder Militao and Mariano Diaz also remain sidelined.

Real Madrid squad: Courtois, Lunin, Altube, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Odegaard, Isco, Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Mayoral, Lucas Vasquez, Jovic, Vinicius, Rodrygo

Prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Valladolid

It has hardly been the most impressive of starts to Madrid’s title defence, with that bore draw against Sociedad followed by a topsy-turvy clash against Betis which could have turned out very differently were it not for VAR and the hosts’ second-half struggles.

Zidane insists he does not need to make any new signings as the deadline to a quiet transfer window approaches despite the departures of the likes of Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale, while he has also dismissed question marks regarding Hazard’s professionalism amid reports that he turned up for pre-season training overweight.

This contest should present the opportunity for Madrid to lay down a marker and statement of intent that they intend to keep hold of their title, with Valladolid winless and lacking a cutting edge.

Comfortable home win.

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