Real Madrid and Valencia – LIVE

Real Madrid will be aiming to increase the pressure on La Liga table-toppers Barcelona when they play host to Valencia at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Thursday evening.

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Valencia, meanwhile, are looking for their first win since the restart following a dramatic 1-1 draw with Levante last time out.

Real returned to winning ways as the Spanish top flight resumed after a three-month suspension last weekend, as first-half strikes from Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos and Marcelo comfortably saw off Eibar to leave Los Blancos two points adrift of leaders Barcelona.

The Catalan giants have the chance to extend that gap to five points on Tuesday when they take on relegation candidates Leganes, but Real certainly will not be giving up hope of La Liga glory just yet.

The two powerhouses have been swapping between first and second for a large portion of the campaign, but defeats to Real Betis and Levante just before the shutdown means that Zinedine Zidane’s side are slightly off the pace after 28 matches.

Nevertheless, Los Blancos have amassed an impressive 14-game unbeaten run at home, although they will not be in familiar surroundings for the remainder of the season as the Bernabeu undergoes renovation works.

Zidane will be encouraged by fixtures against relegation-threatened Mallorca and Espanyol in the coming weeks, but the former Galactico knows that anything but a win in these pivotal games could spell the difference between a La Liga title or a runners-up spot come the end of the season.