Valencia and Real Madrid are scheduled to lock horns on Sunday, in what can arguably be named as the most anticipated game in La Liga this weekend. This battle between the two top ranked teams in the Spanish top-flight promises to give fans their money's worth and keep those watching glued to their TV set or mobile device until the final whistle.
Valencia enter this game with an unbeaten run of three wins and one draw. The team coached by José Bordalás will be aiming for their third win of the season at home, following their successful outings against Getafe (1-0) and Alavés (3-0). One of the main strengths of this team has been its defense, since they have only allowed two goals in four games, an that fact will be key for Bordalás' crew if wants to keep an unbeaten run in the tournament.
The Valencian side will rely heavily on two men to guide them to a win: Carlos Soler and Gonçalo Guedes. Soler is the team's top scorer with three goals, but he has also added two assists to his offensive contribution, making him an all-around threat. As for Guedes, the Portuguese footballer has found the back of the net twice and has played some of his best games in La Liga when facing Los Merengues. Hence, those two men will be key in Bordalás' plan to take the top spot in La Liga all to themselves.
On the other side of the pitch will be Real Madrid, who are currently La Liga leaders with ten points but with a better offensive production. Carlo Ancelotti's men have won two of their three games away from home, the first one against Alavés (4-1) and the second one against Real Betis (1-0). The most recent La Liga match for Los Blancos ended in a 5-2 victory over Celta last weekend. If there is something to improve for Los Merengues, that has to be their defensive performances, as they have conceded six times in four games.
If Real Madrid want to win this game, then they will have to trust Karim Benzema takes the pitch in fine form. Just like it has been in the past three or four years, the Frenchman is the team's go-to guy in front of goal, with his five goals in the competition having him as the top scorer in La Liga. Added to that, he has handed out four assists, which means he has been involved in nine of Real Madrid's thirteen goals in the competition. Another player to keep under consideration will be Vinicius Jr, who seems to finally have found his goalscoring shoes to score four times in four games, his best tally in a single season with Los Blancos.
The clash between the top two teams in the Spanish top-flight could be one for the record books, which is why we will leave you with some stats and facts to get you prepared for Sunday's late kickoff in La Liga.
Valencia vs Real Madrid - Who's in and who's out?
Valencia - Injured: Cristiano Piccini, Denis Cheryshev.
Real Madrid - Injured: Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, Gareth Bale, Marcelo. Doubtful: Ferland Mendy.
Valencia vs Real Madrid - Head-to-head stats
The last game between these teams ended in a 2-0 win for Real Madrid back in February 2021.
Valencia's last home game against Los Blancos ended in a four-to-one win for Los Naranjeros last season.
Karim Benzema has scored six goals in his last six games against Valencia
Real Madrid have only won one of their last five La Liga games at Mestalla Stadium. The rest of those games have ended in three losses and one draw.
Carlo Ancelotti will face Valencia for the seventh time as coach. His record so far shows two wins, three draws, and one loss against Los Naranjeros.
Valencia's coach José Bordalás will face Real Madrid for the ninth time and will be looking for his first win against Los Merengues. The Spanish boss has drawn two and lost six when facing Los Blancos.
Broadcast info - Valencia vs Real Madrid
In Spain: Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga, Movistar Laliga, Movistar Laliga 1, Movistar+.
In the U.S.: ESPN+.
In the U.K.: LaLigaTV.
In Canada: TSN.ca, TSN App.
In Germany: DAZN.
In France: beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Free.
In the Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Docu.
In Mexico: Blue To Go Video Everywhere, Sky HD.
In Australia: beIN SPORTS 2, Kayo Sports.
Valencia vs Real Madrid Broadcast Information
Stadium: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia)
Canada: TSN.ca, TSN App
France: Free, beIN Sports 2, beIN SPORTS CONNECT
India: Voot Select, JioTV
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Docu
Nigeria: SuperSport Laliga Nigeria, Canal+ Sport 3 Afrique, DStv Now, StarTimes App, Startimes Sports Premium
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Movistar+, Partidazo in Movistar LaLiga, Movistar Laliga 1
Turkey: D-Smart GO, Spor Smart, S Sport+
United Kingdom: LaLigaTV
United States: ESPN App, ESPN+