Real Madrid-Real Valladolid Betting Preview: Back a low-scoring first half at the Bernabeu

Our man in the Spanish capital Phil Kitromilides believes a subdued affair on Saturday night will see few goals and has a 5/2 value bet

Following the drama of their Champions League semi final exit to Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, it is back to earth with a crashing bump on Saturday night for Real Madrid.

The Bernabeu experienced its best atmosphere in years for the match against the Germans, yet it is likely to be decidedly deflated for the visit of Valladolid.

With the league title all but relinquished Madrid have little more than pride to play for, while the visitors have all but secured their top flight status for another season.

Bet365 price a home victory at 2/11 (1.18) while the side from the region of Castille and Leon can be backed at 12/1 (13.00).

It is hard to second guess what kind of team will be fielded by Madrid in a match of minimal significance with the Copa del Rey final two weeks away.

Certainly it will be far from full strength side and as such, backing a high-scoring encounter does not appeal.

Instead Going against one of our usual bets and backing under 1.5 goals in the first half at 5/6 (1.83) looks like a solid selection. In their last few league games at home Madrid have started slowly and there is every reason to think they might do that again on Saturday.

Furthermore, Valladolid, for their part, have failed to score a first-half goal away from home in any of their last six matches.

For a value bet back under 2.5 goals in the game at 5/2 (3.50).

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