On the back of a 1-0 away victory against Sevilla, Valencia welcome Spanish giants Real Madrid to the Mestalla Stadium on Wednesday night as both teams look to strengthen their position in the top six.
With many a Madrid star left on the bench during their weekend victory against Heusca, most notably Kaylor Navas and Casemiro not making the starting XI, the home side will be looking to dismantle Zinedine Zidane's early run of form as manager in what looks to be a tight affair in La Liga.
Take a look at our preview for Wednesday's match below:
Where to Watch
|When is Kick Off?||Wednesday 3 April|
|What Time is Kick Off?||20:30 (BST)|
|Where Is it Played?||Mestella Stadium|
|TV Channel/Live Stream?||BT Sport|
Valencia will be looking to build on their current form but may have to remain without Cristiano Piccini and Francis Coquelin as neither appeared in the squad against Sevilla on the weekend. Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay is expected to start for the Spanish club again, hoping to get more game time after recovering from a thigh injury.
Madrid are likely to be without winger Vinicius Jr and defender Dani Carvajal, who are both suffering from long-term injuries. Toni Kroos, Raphael Varane, Luka Modric and Marco Asensio could return to the side having been left out following the international break, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may make the squad as he recovers from the knock he received in training last week.
|Valencia||Neto; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes; Rodrigo, Gameiro.|
|Real Madrid||Zidane; Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Isco, Modric, Ceballos; Bale, Benzema, Diaz|
Since the departure of Santiago Solari, Zidane has been able to reshape Los Blancos and keep them at a comfortable third place in La Liga.
|Sevilla 0-1 Valencia (31/03)||Real Madrid -3-2 Huesca (31/03|
|Valencia 0-0 Getafe (17/03)||Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo (16/03)|
|FC Krasnodar 0-0 Valencia (14/03)||Valladolid 1-4 Real Madrid (10/03)|
|Girona 2-3 Valencia (10/03)||Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (5/03)|
|Valencia 2-1 FC Krasnodar (7/03)||Real Madrid 0-1 Barcelona|
Both teams are on a decent run of form and are pushing for the top spots in La Liga this season, however with the expected return of big names to the Madrid squad on Wednesday, they may be too much for Valencia to handle.
It is however a massive opportunity for the home side to make a statement of intent in the league, as their steady progress this season puts them in contention to give a good challenge to most of the teams in La Liga.
Although Valencia certainly have the ability to produce an upset, Madrid's depth and new direction will give them the edge.
Prediction: Valencia 1-2 Real Madrid