?Real Madrid travel to Valencia on Sunday evening knowing that victory could see them go top of La Liga following Barcelona’s slip up against Real Sociedad on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have a good recent record against their opponents heading into the clash at the Mestalla Stadium, something that will put them in good stead when they take on the side currently eighth in the table.
They come up against a side full of confidence, however, having secured their place in the Champions League knockout stages as group winners following their superb victory over Ajax in the final round of group fixtures.
Here are six stats that may offer ?Madrid some hope of leaving southeastern Spain with a positive result, courtesy of our friends at Opta.
Four on the Spin
Having endured a something of rocky start to the season,
Carry on Karim
One of the most impressive performers for Madrid this season has been their number nine, with ?Karim Benzema hitting top form in another stellar campaign for the Frenchman.
Hoping to continue that run on Sunday, he
Sergio Ramos Finds His Calm Edge
Early bath incoming.
Continue as They Left Off
The last league meeting between these two sides saw Valencia overcome Los Blancos 2-1 at the Mestalla Stadium, but they failed to taste victory in any of the four clashes prior, losing three and drawing one.
Clearly they favour home turf, having
Shoot and You Will Score
Powerless to Prevent Parejo
Well, sort of. Daniel Parejo