Real Madrid continues its hunt for the top spot in La Liga.
They face Valencia on Sunday and a win would get them a few points closer to league leader, Atletico Madrid.
The match airs on beIN and futbol fans can stream the match on FuboTV (free 7-day trial).
Real Madrid has a slight advantage over Valencia with Los Blancos winning three of their last five La Liga meetings while Valencia has won two. Valencia, though, beat Real Madrid 4-1 in a match earlier this season.
Los Blancos will play Saturday’s action without the services of Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Rodrygo, Alvaro Odriozola, Federico Valverde and Eder Militao, who are all out due to injuries. They also won’t have superstar Marcelo will also be sidelined with a calf injury. Real Madrid will see the return of Toni Kroos from suspension, so that will give them a much-needed lift.
Valencia also has several players dealing with injuries and will be without Denis Cheryshev, Jasper Cillessen, Cristiano Piccini, Eliaquim Mangala and Mouctar Diakhaby. It also won’t have Hugo Guillamon, who is suspended for the game.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s match.
What: La Liga
Who: Real Madrid vs. Valencia
When: Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 10:15 a.m. ET
Where: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano -- Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN SportsReal Madrid: Los Blancos conceded three penalty kicks to Valencia the last time they played, and they will obviously be expecting a cleaner game here. The issue Valencia pose to Real comes on the wings with the speed of guys like Goncalo Guedes and Yunus Musah. If Real can control possession in the middle and keep their shape across the back, then their attack should be able to do enough damage to take all three points
Valencia: A fire sale of players and failure to bring in adequate new ones in the summer has one of Spain's biggest clubs starring relegation in the face. Don't be fooled by Valencia being in 12th, where teams are usually comfortable, as Los Che are just three points clear of the drop zone. The relegation battle features a good 11 teams, truth be told, and three more wins for Valencia could end up being enough. As things are standing, they are in pace to stay up and should. A win here would help big time. Real Madrid host Valencia just three months after their shocking 4-1 loss to them at the Mestalla, one loss which all but defined Madrid’s season so far. Los Blancos have had many injuries during the last couple of weeks but today coach Zinedine Zidane will be able to reply on Carvajal, who is an undisputed starter on the right side of the defensive line and has just recovered from injury.
Toni Kroos is also back with the team after being suspended for Tuesday’s match against Getafe, so his presence in the midfield should also help against a Valencia team who play with a lot of intensity in that line.
Valencia have been poor so far this season but have turned it around in recent games and are now 12th in the table having shown some improvements. Madrid need to gain confidence and momentum before the tie against Atalanta, so today seems the perfect opportunity for a convincing win.