Is Valencia’s 36-year stay in the Primera División actually about to come to an end?
On Monday night, it was 18th vs 19th at the Coliseum, and Valencia certainly didn’t rise to the challenge, beaten 1-0 by Getafe, with the winner coming late.
Far from the first game in charge club-legend Rubén Baraja would’ve dreamt of.
Overall, now under three managers, los Che have lost five successive La Liga games, taking just one point from the last 24 available.
In fact, los Murciélagos have now won just one of their last 14 fixtures, with their tally of 20 points after 22 matches the second-lowest in the club’s history.
In 1982/83, they had just 17 points at this stage and, back then, they stayed up by virtue of head-to-record alone.
Four decades later, Valencia, as mentioned, are currently second bottom of the table, in serious danger of their first relegation since 1986.
So, Real Sociedad will be relishing this Saturday night trip to Mestalla.
La Real could only draw 1-1 with Celta Vigo last weekend, taking an early lead through Mikel Oyarzabal, only for Robin Le Normand to score a 93rd minute own goal.
Despite that, Imanol Alguacil’s men remain third, having lost just one of their last ten, on course to end their ten-year Champions League exile.
These two actually drew 1-1 in San Sebastián in early-November, but Real Sociedad are overwhelming favourites to win this time.