Real Madrid CF vs. Valencia CF: Preview
Real Madrid returned to play this past weekend, and managed a 3-1 win at “home” (in the smaller Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, rather than the going-through-renovations Bernabeu) over Eibar. Los Blancos got all their goals in the first half, with Toni Kroos starting the scoring in the fourth minute, and Sergio Ramos and Marcelo joining in. The win merely matched what Barcelona did, meaning that Real’s still two points behind in the title race. But Real did get a piece of good news—Eden Hazard is back from ankle surgery, and had a solid performance that included an assist.
Valencia looked like they’d secured a win over 10-man Levante on Friday, with Rodrigo scoring an 89th-minute goal. Levante’s Gonzalo Melero converted a penalty kick deep into stoppage time, however, to deny Valencia a much-needed three points. The result leaves Valencia in 7th in the league, which only gets it a Europa League spot if Athletic Bilbao loses the Copa del Rey final.
According to the oddsmakers at DraftKings Sportsbook, Real Madrid is favored to win on Thursday:
- Real Madrid, -265 (wager $265 to win $100)
- Valencia, +600 (wager $100 to win $600)
- Draw, +410
Next La Liga Match
- at Real Sociedad (Sunday, June 21, 4pm ET, BeIN)
Best La Liga matches this week
|Real Madrid vs.
|Thursday, June 18, 4pm ET
|Friday, June 19, 4pm ET
|Real Madrid vs.
|Sunday, June 21, 4pm ET
How to watch Real Madrid vs. Valencia online
BeIN Sports is the home for La Liga matches in the U.S. Most matches feature on the main BeIN channel, with additional coverage on its Spanish language channel (BeIN Ñ) and BeIN Xtra. The Xtra coverage is available free through Roku, Pluto TV, and Xumo.
The following streaming services carry BeIN Sports. (You can also catch additional matches on BeIN Sports Xtra via Roku, Pluto, and Xumo.)
FuboTV was created with soccer fans in mind; there’s even original content catering to that dedicated group. Whether you’re an MLS or Bundesliga fan checking out the action on FS1 and FS2, a Liga MX or El Tri fan tuning into TUDN, a La Liga fan tuning into BeIN Sports, or a Premier League fan rising early with NBCSN, Fubo delivers the beautiful game.
If you’re looking primarily for Spanish-language coverage from TUDN, TyC, and GolTV, as well as both the English and Spanish-language versions of BeIN Sports, you might consider Fubo Español. It provides access to La Liga, Concacaf Champions League, Copa Libertadores, and more.
Sling TV is a great destination for soccer fans. It has two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, which each cost $30 per month. Getting Sling Orange + Blue saves money and it provides the most access to sports. Sling Blue provides FS1 for MLS and Bundesliga matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and NFL Network for fans of the other kind of football. Sling Orange has ESPN and ESPN2 for MLS, USMNT, and USWNT fans, as well as those who want to catch international matchups. The World Sports package includes BeIN Sports and La Liga action for $10 a month. Completists will want FS2 through the Sling Blue Sports Extra package for just $10 a month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.
Currently, Sling is also run-in a promotion that allows folks who want to dip their toes in the world of online Live TV streaming to try its service during primetime with its Happy Hour Across America promotion. From the hours of 5pm to midnight, Sling will be totally free. For more information, check out the full offer details.
Fanatiz is a streaming service created specifically for the soccer fan. Fanatiz carries La Liga and Ligue 1 action via BeIN Sports. (As soccer fans know, BeIN is essential yet absent from most of the big streaming services.) Fanatiz also carries Gol TV and TyC Sports, giving access to competitions like the CAF Confederations Cup, the Copa Libertadores, the Copa Sudamericana, and the Copa del Rey. Plus, it has additional content that will appeal to Boca Juniors and Real Madrid fans in particular.
Plus, there’s a daily pass option, so if you’re just trying to catch an El Clasico or Madrid Derby match, you can pay $4.99 and have access for a 24-hour period.
The 2019-20 Real Madrid CF Season: How Is Real Madrid Doing?
- Real Madrid is currently in second place in La Liga, five points behind Barcelona, though Barcelona’s played one more match. A win on Thursday would pull Real Madrid back to two points behinds its rivals.
- Champions League play is on hold, but Real Madrid lost its first leg in the Round of 16, 2-1, to Manchester City on February 26. Sergio Ramos was slapped with a red card in that match and will miss the return leg, whenever that should happen.
- Real Madrid was knocked out of the Copa del Rey in the quarterfinals, losing 4-3 to Real Sociedad on Feb. 6.
- Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in PKs to win the Supercopa de España, which was held Jan. 12 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Real Madrid Injury Report
|Mariano Diaz||Foot||June 19|
|Nacho Fernandez||Hamstring||June 29|
|Lucas Vazquez||Calf||July 6|
|Luka Jovic||Foot||July 10|
Real Madrid top scorers
(La Liga + Champions League, 2019-20 season)
- Karim Benzema, 18 goals, 8 assists
- Sergio Ramos, 8 goals, 0 assists
- Rodrygo, 6 goals, 2 assists
- Toni Kroos, 5 goals, 6 assists
- Casemiro, 4 goals, 3 assists
La Liga Table (updated June 17)
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*First Published: Jun 18, 2020, 6:04 am
Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor, and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, Pro Soccer USA, Texas Highways, and Howler. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.