After slipping further behind Barcelona at the weekend, Real Madrid really cannot afford to drop any more points here.
On Sunday night, despite accumulating an xG figure of 1.67, mustering 20 shots in old money, los Blancos were held to a goalless draw by Real Sociedad.
So, Carlo Ancelotti’s team are now five points adrift leaders Barça, a gap that could be as wide as eight, if the Catalan giants beat Real Betis on Wednesday.
Thus, this fixture is simply must win for Real Madrid.
Given what’s going on at Valencia right now, a home victory seems a formality.
At the weekend, los Murciélagos were beaten again, this time going down 1-0 at the José Zorrilla against Real Valladolid.
So, having accumulated just a solitary point from four post-World Cup fixtures, Gennaro Gattuso was sacked on Monday morning.
Voro is currently in interim charge, with this the eighth time, yes really, he’s been at the helm of los Che, either as a caretaker or permanently.
Having won just one of their last ten matches, Valencia kick off 14th, only a point clear of the drop zone.
22 days ago, these two clubs played out a 1-1 draw in the Supercopa de España semi-finals in Saudi Arabia, with Real Madrid prevailing in a penalty shootout.
This time, los Blancos are likely to cruise to victory at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.