La Liga: Barcelona still unbeaten, Real Madrid aims to close the gap
Valencia enter this game in an unfamiliar position, finding themselves ahead of visitors Real Madrid in La Liga. Valencia have only lost once at the Mestalla so far this season and are a full five points ahead of the Los Blancos
1.Valencia host Real Madrid with 5 points ahead of their visitors but are far from favourites
Valencia enter this game in an unfamiliar position, finding themselves ahead of visitors Real Madrid in La Liga. Valencia have only lost once at the Mestalla so far this season and are a full five points ahead of the Los Blancos. Both sides' title challenges have ended and they appear to be in their own battle for third place. Automatic Champions League qualification is the prize available for LaLiga's third-placed team. Real have struggled this season and have won just one of their last four LaLiga games. But that win was an emphatic one last time out against Deportivo La Coruna. The Madrid side were 7-1 victors through a Luka Modric goal and braces from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Nacho.
2. Can Barcelona really go the Laliga season unbeaten?
Ernesto Valverde's side have won 17 and drawn three after 20 rounds of the Primera Division. For the first time since double defeat in their Supercopa series against Real Madrid in August, Barcelona lost a game of football against Espanyol in Copa Del Rey. In LaLiga, however, their record remains unblemished after they hammered Real Betis 5-0. However, there are already speculations on the continuity of Barca's winning streak in Laliga.
3.Sevilla's improved performace under new boss Vincenzo Montella
Having crushed Espanyol in their last Laliga meeting, Sevilla will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Getafe at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Los Sevillanos have been producing fine performances under new boss Vincenzo Montella and it is more than obvious that the Italian tactician helped the team regain a much-needed confidence. The Andalusians are eyeing a place in the Champions League and this has to go down as yet another must-win game for the hosts. Getafe, on the other hand, are a team with two face; the capital club are tough to beat at home, but their away record is anything but good and, taking everything into account, the visitors are unlikely to upset Sevilla at "Pizjuan".
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