Real Madrid will be hoping to consolidate their position at the top of La Liga this weekend when they host Valencia on Sunday evening, as punters pile into the strike pairing of Higuain and Ronaldo to find the net.
With Barcelona playing on Saturday, the gap at the top could be cut to three points by the time this one gets underway, so there is no doubt that the pressure could be on Jose Mourinho’s men.
Potential Champions need to make sure that they thrive in pressure situations though and this is what Madrid have been doing in recent weeks.
While Barcelona have been winning week after week, Madrid have maintained their lead at the top of the table. They may well have drawn two games in succession last month, but their last two La Liga games have ended in 5-1 victories.
With three games to go until Madrid meet Barcelona, Mourinho and his team need to make sure they keep winning, starting with Sunday’s home clash against Valencia.
As for the away side, they will be boosted by progression to the semi-finals of the Europa League during the week. However, they must turn their attention to league matters this weekend as they look to book their place in next season’s Champions League.
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Going into this weekend, Valencia are 3rd in La Liga, but they are only seven points ahead of 9th, so the battle for European places is extremely close.
Looking at their recent form in the league, they have actually only won one of their last five games, so they will be desperate not to let their position in the top three slip away in the next few weeks.
This trip to Madrid is an extremely tough test for them of course, but they are a very capable side and need to prove to a few people that they can be competitive with the top two.
Overall, it should be a very good game to watch and it gets underway at 8.30pm on Sunday evening.