Our tips for Eden Hazard's involvement in Valencia clash

Eden Hazard has only met Valencia once at Real, but with both teams being in good scoring form, it could be a cracker for the neutral - and Hazard will be hoping to play his part this Sunday.

Real Madrid got back to winning ways at the weekend, after a 2-1 victory over La Liga's bottom side Huesca.

Eden Hazard will be looking to return to the side and help the Spanish giants build on that win, when they welcome Valencia to the Bernabeu on Sunday.

Los Blancos still have a sizable gap to make up on league leaders, Atletico Madrid, but they will take heed from the fact that they have beaten Valencia in their last two meetings on home turf.

Valencia did claim three points in the previous fixture, 4-1 at Mestalla in November, but it was a game in which Hazard was missing.

The two teams have met on 51 occasions; Real have won 28 of those, whereas Valencia have beaten the side from Madrid just 11 times - 12 matches have ended in a stalemate.

That should give Eden Hazard and co confidence to gain a positive result against Sunday's visitors.

Let's check out the stats…

Stat Attack

Since Hazard's move to the Bernabeu in June 2019, he has only featured in one game against Valencia - that game was won 3-0 by the 34-time champions of Spain in June 2020.

The Belgian winger did manage to create a goal for Karim Benzema in that game.

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In the 51 previous meetings between the two clubs, the games have yielded 3.20 goals per game on average.

Real Madrid average 1.90 goals per game this season, whereas Valencia average 1.47 goals.

Eden Hazard has a, by his standards, paltry two goals so far this campaign.

Memorable Match

Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia

La Liga

18 June, 2020

The fixture is the only time Eden Hazard has lined up against Valencia in La Liga, having been unavailable for their other meetings in his time with Los Blancos.

The visitors started the game brightly; Rodrigo hit the post early and Valencia thought they'd taken the lead when the same player had the ball in the net, only for VAR to adjudge an interfering player offside in the build up.

The hosts sprung into life in the second half. Karim Benzema slotted a comfortable finish past the 'keeper after the chance was put on a plate for him by Hazard.

Marco Asensio swept Ferland Mendy's cross home with his first touch after coming on as a sub in the 74th minute.

Benzema added a second to put gloss on the scoreline with a scintillating volley that flew into the top corner.

Things went from bad to worse for Valencia, when Kang-in Lee was sent for an early bath after a bad-tempered swipe on Sergio Ramos.

Tip of the fixture

Real Madrid to win and both teams to score can be found at 15/8 with Paddy Power (price correct at the time of writing, subject to change).