Real Madrid vs. Valencia: 3 things to look forward to on Sunday

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Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane
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Real Madrid getting revenge on Valencia

Valencia are always a tough opponent for Real Madrid, even in a down year. Although the Bats are 12th in the league table, they blew out Los Blancos 4-1 at the Mestalla earlier this season. But it is important to note that this was an incredibly fluky game – maybe the flukiest of any single La Liga fixture of 2020-2021 thus far. Valencia scored three penalties in that match, which pretty much says it all.

It’s highly unlikely the Bats get that same luck on Sunday afternoon, especially since this game will be played outside of the Mestalla. Call me superstitious, but it seems as if something strange happens any time Real Madrid take a trip to that venerable venue.

After losing so grotesquely to their familiar foes earlier this season, Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid will want to make a statement on Matchday 23 in their own stadium against the bottom-half La Liga side. They are out to win every single game left in the season in order to complete a difficult comeback over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, and winning a third straight match by upending Valencia would be an important statement.

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Real Madrid fans know the importance of every fixture remaining in this grueling 2020-2021 campaign, but they’ll especially want this win over the weekend as a matter of exacting revenge upon a team that beat them by three goals – a margin of victory explained by penalties – back on Nov. 8.