With winning ways restored thanks to their 2-0 victory against Roma on Tuesday, Real Madrid return home to Spain looking to cut the gap between themselves and league leaders Sevilla - not to mention rivals Barcelona.
Santiago Solari saw his side suffer a shock defeat at the hands of Eibar last weekend but their Catalan rivals, placed second in La Liga, failed to get the better of Atletico Madrid on the same day, leaving a five-point margin between the two.
However, Los Blancos will be wise to not expect an easy test in the shape of Valencia. Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side have won three of their last four games, losing only to Serie A leaders Juventus in the Champions League.
Los Che sit in the lower half of the Liga table however, after an underwhelming start to the season like Madrid; which of them will be fired up in the capital for the points?
|Game||Real Madrid vs Valencia|
|Date||Saturday, December 1|
|Time||7:45pm GMT / 2:45pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast on television but is available for streaming with Eleven Sports.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Real Madrid squad|
|Goalkeepers||Courtois, Navas, Casilla|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Odriozola, Reguilon, Vallejo|
|Midfielders||Modric, Llorente, Kroos, Isco, Valverde, Ceballos|
|Forwards||Bale, Benzema, Asensio, Mariano, Vazquez|
Solari still cannot call upon Nacho or Casemiro but otherwise looks to have a clean bill of health for this encounter.
Isco, who has been out of the reckoning for some time under the current Madrid boss, is expected to be named on the bench.
Potential Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Llorente, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.
|Defenders||Wass, Garay, Paulista, Gaya, Diakhaby, Lato, Piccini|
|Midfielders||Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes, Carlos Soler, Torres|
|Forwards||Gameiro, Mina, Batshuayi|
Marcelino will be without Rodrigo Moreno after the Spain international failed to recover in time from a muscular problem.
He joins Denis Cheryshev on the sidelines, while Jeison Murillo and Ruben Vezo are absent from the squad for technical reasons.
Potential Valencia XI: Neto; Wass, Garay, Paulista, Gaya; Coquelin, Parejo, Kondogbia, Guedes; Gameiro, Mina.
Betting & Match Odds
Real Madrid are 8/15 favourites to win the clash at the Bernabeu, according to bet365. Valencia can be backed at 5/1 while a draw is 10/3.
Two emphatic goals in the Italian capital have at least ensured Real Madrid are delivering the goods abroad as Los Blancos downed Roma to put themselves in pole position to defend their Champions League crown.
Now however, Santiago Solari returns to domestic matters where he hopes his side can offer a response after their chastening 3-0 loss at the hands of Eibar a week ago.
On that occasion Madrid looked sluggish and unresponsive, a shell of their glorious self – and the Argentine will be expecting his superstar squad to make a statement when they host Valencia.
Marcelino’s side have only lost to Juventus in their last four games, going toe-to-toe this week with the Serie A side for most of their encounter though; they will have no intention of making it easy for their hosts.
Led by prolific Frenchman Kevin Gameiro up front, Los Che are not short of their own attacking flair, and though Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema look to have put their goal droughts to bed, concern may still linger over their conversion rate in front of the net.
Valencia will be without Rodrigo Moreno though, a talisman of their side: he has failed to recover from an injury sustained against Juventus that forced him off halfway through the encounter.