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Can Valencia dent Real Madrid’s title hopes on Wednesday?

Wednesday 22nd February 2017
Real Madrid travel to the Mestalla Stadium to face Valencia in the Spanish La Liga on Wednesday night, in a game that could see them go four points clear at the summit if they win.

Los Blancos are big favourites given their recent form ahead of the clash, but Valencia have proven to be a real bogey side for Real in recent meetings, despite their own struggles of late. And this week's encounter at the Mestalla could keep the title race competitive if the hosts can deliver.
Valencia are currently 15th in the Spanish La Liga table with 23 points from 22 games this season, coming off the back of three wins and a draw from their last six. Voro's side has been strong in their own backyard in recent weeks, boasting two wins and two draws from their previous five home games, and have kept clean sheets in their last two outings which could give Real something to worry about. Prior to their defeat at home to Eibar, only Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have bested the side at the Mestalla; so Real won't have it easy.

As for the visitors, Real Madrid are in fantastic form ahead of their meeting with Valencia, but their away form might open the door to an upset. Zinedine Zidane's men are top of the La Liga table with 52 points from 21 games, having won four on the bounce in the division. Los Blancos have dropped points on the road, however, failing to win two of their last three away outings, and don't have the best head-to-head record with Los Che. They won against Valencia at the end of last season and it ended a three-year drought for the giants.

Valencia's last nine head-to-heads with Real Madrid
(8/4/12) Real Madrid 0-0 Valencia
(19/8/12) Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia
(20/1/13) Valencia 0-5 Real Madrid
(22/12/13) Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid
(4/5/14) Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
(4/1/15) Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid
(9/5/15) Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
(3/1/16) Valencia 2-2 Real Madrid
(8/5/16) Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia

Valencia have only lost three of their last nine meetings with Real Madrid, let alone them being unbeaten at home to Los Blancos for the last four years. They have been a struggling club in recent years, worrying more about retaining their La Liga status than challenging at the top of the table, but still, Los Che have been a bogey side for Real. A win for Valencia this week will see them move two places up the table and 10 points clear of the relegation zone, but they would likely settle for a share of the spoils.

Real have the motivation to get a result on Wednesday as they can pull away at the top with a win. But Valencia will want to ensure that they distance themselves from the bottom three while maintaining their impressive home record so their head-to-head is sure to be an entertaining spectacle. Zidane's men have a fantastic overall away record so they won't lie down easy, but Valencia have been a bogey side for some time and could well shock Los Blancos again.
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.


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