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.
Follow all the match action LIVE with Standard Sport’s Ben Hayward in Spain…
Zidane keeps faith in Jovic alongside Benzema
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has handed a second successive start to Luka Jovic in attack alongside Karim Benzema, despite the Serbian’s somewhat indifferent display against Real Betis on Saturday.
Jovic did force the red card for Emerson which ultimately changed the match in Madrid’s favour, but looked lost out on the pitch for long periods. Tonight, he receives another chance.
Real Valladolid XI: Roberto; Hervias, Bruno, Javi , Raul Garcia; Míchel, San Emeterio; Plano, Orellana, Waldo; Weissman
Subs: Luis Perez, Guardiola, Kike, El Yarniq, Andre, Toni Villa, Nacho, Samu Perez, Kuki, Oriol, Rubio, Sergio Lopez
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde, Modric, Isco; Jovic, Benzema
Subs: Lunin, Altube, Carvajal, Mendy, Nacho, Asensio, Mayoral, Vazquez, Vinicius, Odegaard, Rodrygo
Real Valladolid XI confirmed
Photo: Twitter (Real Valladolid)
Real Madrid XI confirmed
Photo: Twitter (Real Madrid)
Real Madrid team news
As well as Hazard, Toni Kroos is out for Real Madrid with a hip problem picked up in the 3-2 win at Real Betis on Saturday night, although the midfielder promised to be ‘back in no time’ in a tweet on Monday.
The German’s absence means Fede Valverde should keep his place after he netted the opener at the Benito Villamarin at the weekend.
Isco or Martin Odegaard will likely be chosen in the other slot behind Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.
Eder Militao and Mariano are sidelined.
Meanwhile, Marcelo is expected to come in at left-back after Ferland Mendy started the opening two games in that position.
Hazard suffers new injury blow
Eden Hazard’s anticipated return to action has been cut short by a fresh injury, Real Madrid have confirmed.
The Belgian attacker has yet to feature in 2020-21 and was being eased back after the ankle problems which blighted his debut campaign in Spain.
Coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday that the 29-year-old was ready to return and named the former Chelsea favourite in the squad for tonight’s LaLiga clash at home to Real Valladolid, but he will play no part in that match after this latest setback.
“Following tests carried out today on our player Eden Hazard by the Real Madrid Medical Services, a muscle injury in his right leg has been detected,” Los Blancos said in a statement on Wednesday.
“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
Hazard made just 22 appearances in his debut campaign for Madrid, scoring only one goal, and described it as the ‘worst season’ of his career.
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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.
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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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