Real Madrid has the opportunity to pull the trifecta on Valencia by beating Los Che three times in just over one week to advance in the Copa Del Rey.
It's the second leg of their quarterfinals matchup and should be all Los Blancos after the club outscored Valencia 7-0 in their two previous encounters this week.
Real dominated in their Jan. 20 La Liga matchup by an impressive 5-0 margin, which followed a hard-fought 2-0 victory in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals.
Both teams will bring their best efforts to the Mestalla, but Real is more likely to advance, given their upper hand and the caliber of their side.
When: Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Mestalla Stadium, Valencia, Spain
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Los Blancos’ current success against Valencia isn’t anything new. They have won their last four matches at the Mestalla, outscoring their hosts by a 17-7 margin in the process.
That doesn’t bode well for a club that is hoping to use its hometown advantage to help ward off elimination from this year’s competition.
They have a daunting task ahead of them, though, if they hope to avoid elimination against Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants may be struggling in La Liga competition, for various reasons, but they are still dangerous on the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the finest attackers in the world and the club is bustling with eager young talent to prove their worth.
Overall, Real is currently on top of their game and playing far better football than Valencia. They will continue to cruise to the Copa Del Rey semifinals with a third straight victory over Valencia.
Even if they don’t come away with a win, they’re in great position to avoid being knocked out by Valencia. They would need a letdown of epic proportions in order to lose their advantage.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3, Valencia 1