We are rolling a three-day winning streak for this column as a first half Brennan Johnson Shot on Target makes Wednesday a winner. Slim pickings around Europe for our Football Bet of the Day at Evens or longer though for Thursday, so we focus in on the only game in La Liga with a selection from the Real Madrid vs Valencia game on the Betfred Betting Markets…

Football Bet of the Day – Thursday 2 February, 2023

  • Back Real Madrid-1 in the Handicap +1.0 Market at 21/20

Yes we are rolling with Carlo Ancelotti’s side to win by two or more despite the reigning Spanish and European champions going through a bit of a sticky patch of late. Los Blancos are adrift of rivals Barca and look a notch behind their traditional rivals at the moment so the time has come to go on a run to put the Catalan giants under pressure.

Karim Benzema has a fine record against Los Che having scored in his previous seven straight games against their opponents on Thursday evening. Not too shabby that. The Frenchman is 4/6 to score anytime if that appeals to anyone.

Luka Modric is expected to return to the starting XI having had to make do with a place on the bench for the goalless draw with Real Sociedad last time out. David Alaba should also return from a calf problem and is likely to play left-back to replace the injured Ferland Mendy who is facing a significant spell on the sidelines with a hamstring issue.

The visitors travel to the capital without a manager following the dismissal of Gennaro Gattuso and sitting just a point above the drop zone. They only won two of their eight games following the World Cup and have lost three of their past four in the league.

You would expect the interim manager to make a host of changes to try and get a response from his squad but this is one of the toughest tests in football.

Madrid may have dropped points in four of their seven league games since football returned following the enforced mid-season break. However, a home game against a managerless side who are sitting precariously above the relegation zone is exactly the type of fixture you want when plodding through indifferent form. I like the home side to win this by two or three.

*All prices correct at the time of writing.

Football Bet of the Day Profit/Loss 2023:

Staked: 25 Points
Returns: 33.65 Points
P/L: +8.65 Points

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