Valencia vs Real Madrid
Date: 3rd January 2016
Kick off: 19:30 pm BST
Venue: Mestalla, Valencia
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Valencia host Real Madrid in a thrilling La Liga encounter this Sunday and both sides will have a lot to play for in a must win clash at the Mestalla.
Real Madrid’s title credentials will be put to a stern test this weekend when they take on Valencia. The home side have struggled in the league this season but their home form has been outstanding.
Los Blancos have already dropped enough points this season and are already playing catch up with fierce rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for the top spot. Another defeat could be a major blow for them as far as the title race is concerned.
Rafa Benitez’s side have struggled against the top sides away from home (defeats against Villarreal and Sevilla earlier this season) and Valencia will look at this game as a perfect opportunity to turn their season around.
The La Liga outfit have failed to win any of their last five league games and are under tremendous pressure after an impressive season last year.
Valencia need to win against Real Madrid if they are to keep their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive.
It is a similar scenario for Rafa Benitez, who cannot afford to lose another game. The Spaniard’s job is on the line and it is a must win game for both sides.
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Valencia vs Real Madrid Team News
After recovering from their respective injuries, the likes of Toni Kroos and Sergio Ramos are expected to start against Valencia. Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez is expected to continue in midfield.
Benitez is set to go ahead with an unchanged front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
Although Dani Carvajal is close to full fitness for the hosts, Danilo is expected to start this week.
Dani Parejo is expected to start in the midfield.
Lucas Orban and Javi Fuego are expected to miss out through suspensions and wingers Rodrigo De Paul and Santi Mina should replace the injured Zakaria Bakkali.
Alves, Feghouli and Enzo Perez are expected to miss out due to injuries as well.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Starting Lineups
Valencia Starting Lineup: Jaume; Cancelo, Mustafi, Abdennour, Gaya; Parejo, Gomes, Danilo; De Paul, Alcacer, Mina
Real Madrid Starting Lineup: Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, James; Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo
Valencia vs Real Madrid Key Stats
Valencia are undefeated in their last 20 home matches in La Liga.
Real Madrid have lost two of their last three away games in La Liga (against Villarreal and Sevilla).
Real Madrid have failed to win four of their last five matches against Valencia in all competitions.