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Real Madrid v Valencia: football returns to Bernabéu 28 days on from last home outing


NEWS STORY | 01/12/2018 | Alberto Navarro

The Whites begin December by playing host to opponents who are unbeaten in their last five LaLiga away games. 
After sealing their passage into the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners in Rome on Tuesday night, Real Madrid return to the Santiago Bernabéu nearly a month on from their last home outing, which was the LaLiga meeting with Valladolid back on 3 November. The Whites are back in action on home soil tonight with a blockbuster bout against Valencia (8:45pm CET). 

This fixture sees the European champions open the final month of the calendar year, in which they will participate in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi. What's more, this game is also the first of four matches that Real Madrid will contest across three different competitions at the Bernabéu in the space of just 15 days.

Valencia have conceded just nine goals in the current LaLiga campaign. 

"Valencia are very well organised tactically and we'll have to rely on our talent and be clincial", declared Santiago Solari in his pre-match press conference. In his quest to get the better of the division's joint-meanest backline (level with Atlético on nine goals conceded), the Argentine tactician will take comfort from the fact that 14 members of his squad have been on target this term.

Five-game unbeaten streak on the road
Valencia are proving themselves to be a very solid outfit on their travels this term. Indeed, the visitors have been beaten just twice in their 10 away games so far this campaign, coming off second best in their trips to Espanyol and Juventus. The Valencians are currently riding a five-game unbeaten run on their travels in LaLiga, following their visits to Levante (2-2), Villarreal (0-0), Real Sociedad (1-0), Athletic (0-0) and Getafe (1-0), registering clean sheets in their last four away assignments.