Real Valladolid secured a return to La Liga by finishing second in the Segunda Division last season. There has been an abundance of cons in the opening months of the 2022- 23 crusade.
Indeed, a record of five triumphs, two draws, and seven defeats from 14 matches has brought them 17 points, which is enough for 12th position in the table, just two points behind 10th- placed Valencia.
The White and Violets are six points clear of the deportation zone, while they will enter this match off the reverse of a palm, having beaten Arenas Getxo 5- 1 in the Copa del Rey on December 21.
Real Valladolid was last in league action on November 8, suffering a 3- 0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, but they’ve won three of their last five in Spain’s top flight, with the three successes coming at home.
Pacheta’s side has picked up 13 points from their seven home institutions this season, and their form in front of their suckers is likely to be pivotal this term when it comes to potentially avoiding deportation.
Their league meetings with Real Madrid during the 2020- 21 crusade were close affairs, with Real Valladolid only losing 1- 0 at home and down to the capital titans.