Valencia, who have bolstered their chances of staying in La Liga, will look to extend their good run of form when they host Real Madrid on Sunday at the Mestalla from 16:30 GMT.
Valencia have opened a three-point cushion to the bottom three; they will look to keep collecting points to ensure they can avoid the drop, starting with the clash against the deposed champions Real Madrid on Sunday.
Real Madrid still have some work to do to secure second place in La Liga. Atletico Madrid have moved to within two points of their Madrid rivals and will look to push hard in the final four matches in the league.
Valencia’s Fight to Beat the Drop
Valencia have lost just once in their last five matches in La Liga. This run includes three wins and one draw.
The 10 points they have collected in this run has seen them maintain a good cushion to the bottom three as they look to avoid relegation this season.
The Mestalla side are now on 37 points, three ahead of 18th-placed Getafe. However, they need to keep winning to bolster their chances of survival given the delicate nature of their lead.
The chasing pack of Almeria, Cadiz, and Valladolid are on 36, 35, and 35 points, respectively. This means a slip-up against Real Madrid on Sunday could see Valencia drop down to 17th on the table and even level on points with 18th-placed Getafe if the latter win the match this weekend.
Real Madrid Hanging on to Second Place on the Table
Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who have a Champions League second clash away to Man City to navigate before the weekend, will look to maintain their second spot on the table with a win at the Mestalla.
The deposed champions have been inconsistent in the run-in. They have won three times and lost twice in their last five outings. They will need to bolster their form, concentration, and attitude to win against a Valencia side fighting for survival in La Liga.
Ancelotti will also have to fight against players packing it in for the season, especially if they are kicked out of the Champions League by Man City on Wednesday.
With the league already sewn up by Barcelona, Real Madrid players that are not playing for anything might see their levels drop for the final four matches, including the clash against Valencia on Sunday.
Voro will have the full complement of his Valencia matchday squad available for his selection before they welcome Real Madrid to the Mestalla on Sunday.
This will allow Voro to pick the strongest team available to him to optimize his chances of getting something from the match to aid his fight for survival in La Liga.
Carlo Ancelotti also has no injury worries ahead of the trip to the Mestalla. However, he still has a second leg of the Champions League semi-final to navigate before facing Valencia on Sunday.
Los Blancos will look to rotate the squad and ensure everyone is fresh for the match against Valencia.
G. Mamardashvili; J. Gaya, Gabriel, M. Diakhaby, D. Foulquier; J. Gerra, N. Gonzalez; S. Lino, A. Almeida, D. Lopez; J. Kluivert
T. Courtois; L. Vazquez, E. Militao, Nacho, F. Mendy; D. Ceballos, A. Tchouameni, E. Camavinga; F. Valverde, M. Asensio, E. hazard
Valencia will be compact in their approach. They will defend deep and in numbers. They will be narrow to make it hard for Real Madrid to create chances.
Real Madrid will look to dominate the ball at the Mestalla and dictate the tempo of the match.
Real Madrid will walk away from the Mestalla with a win and maintain their hold on second spot.
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