Real Madrid returns to the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday against Valencia with the hope of returning to winning ways following their 3-0 loss against Eibar last weekend.
The Los Blancos are indeed going through one of their most difficult seasons in the Spanish League as they presently sit in sixth place with six points behind league leader, Sevilla and five points behind arch-rivals, Barcelona.
For Madrid, defeating Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu will be a major step to their quest to fighting back to their rightful place in the league but the Stadium seems no longer a fortress having lost twice this season to Sevilla and Alaves.
The game will be a major test for Madrid manager, Santiago Solari who will be scared to lose for a second time in the league after he tasted defeat in his first game since he was appointed permanently to guide the club till the end of the season.
Valencia will hope to break their winless jinx at the Santiago Bernabeu by capitalizing on Madrid’s poor run of form having last defeated Real Madrid at home in March 2008.
Valencia is also struggling to gain their form this season sitting in 11th place in the log and also missed the chance of reaching the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League following their 1-0 lost against Juventus at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday.
HEAD TO HEAD
Madrid may be in their worst performance this season, but they know how to turn the games around especially against Valencia who they have defeated 15 times in their 29 previous meetings in the La Liga (excluding other competitions)
Valencia has only managed to beat Madrid five times while both teams settled for a draw in nine of the 29 games.
Beating Madrid in their home will be a daunting task for Valencia who has not done that since 2008 when they defeated the Los Blancos 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid responded positively to their 3-0 loss against Eibar away with a 2-0 victory in the Champions League against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.
They have won two La Liga games since their 5-1 awful loss to Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the El-Classico.
Their opponent, Valencia, have equally won their last two league games.
This could be the most trying time for Solari as he will now avoid a second consecutive loss in the league and the players will be hoping to throw in their best to avoid another disgraceful outing in front of their fans. But the questions is will they be able to stop a Valencia side who will be coming to end their ten years winless streak at the Santiago Bernabeu?
LA LIGA MATCHDAY 14 FIXTURES
SATURDAY DECEMBER 1
Celta Vigo VS SD Huesca
Real Valladolid VS Leganes
Getafe VS RCD Espanyol
Real Madrid VS Valencia
SUNDAY DECEMBER 2
Real Betis VS Real Sociedad
Girona VS Atletico Madrid
Barcelona VS Villarreal
Deportivo VS Sevilla
MONDAY DECEMBER 3
Levante VS Atletico Bilbao