Real Madrid continue the defence of their La Liga crown at Valencia on Sunday evening (8pm kick-off).
Valencia starting XI: Juame; Wass, Gabriel, Guilamon, Gaya; Musah, Soler, Racic, Cheryshev, Lee; Gomez.
Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Valverde, Isco; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
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Valencia vs Real Madrid build-up, pre-match team news & previous lineups
Zinedine Zidane’s men visit the Estadio Mestalla having won five of their last six league games which has seen them move to within a point of surprise early leaders Real Sociedad.
Los Blancos will also be looking to stretch a three-match winning streak away from home with their most recent victory on the road coming at arch-rivals Barcelona.
Valencia, meanwhile, are struggling and head into this showdown seeking to end a four-game winless run, with three of those ending in defeat.
- Valencia (vs Getafe): Doménech; Correia*, Paulista, Guillamón, Gayà; Musah, Wass, Soler, Cheryshev; Lee, Gómez.
- Real Madrid (vs Inter Milan): Courtois; Vázquez, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde; Asensio, Benzema, Hazard*.
Thierry Correira is suspended for Valencia after his sending off against Getafe last weekend, and Mouctar Diakhaby remains out.
Zidane, meanwhile, visits the Mestalla without the availability of no fewer than five players. Nacho Fernandez, Álvaro Odriozola and Daniel Carvajal are ruled out through respective knocks, while Eder Militao and Eden Hazard are also absent.
Players to watch:
- Valencia: Los Che couldn’t have picked a worse time to face La Liga champions Real now they’ve got their tails up following a tough few weeks. Gracia’s men are potentially in for a long game where their defensive resolve will be tested. Heading into this weekend they’ve shipped in 13 goals across eight league games meaning all eyes will be on their back four. One player who has pulled up good numbers for Valencia is left-back Jose Gaya and he’ll be tested facing whoever Zidane puts on the right flank. To date he’s averaging 2.06 tackles and 1.29 interceptions per 90; unlike most contemporary full-backs he’s not in it to help Valencia’s forwards, being this focused on the back foot could pay dividends for the struggling Bats.
- Real Madrid: He might be advancing further into his 30s, but Karim Benzema remains the key cog in Zidane’s forward line. Thus far this season, the Frenchman has bagged three goals and three assists in 627 minutes of La Liga action, while netting a further two times in the Champions League. A goalscorer, playmaker and target man all rolled into one, Valencia’s defence will have their work cut out in an effort to keep Benzema, 32, quiet at the Mestalla this weekend.