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Check out why Real Madrid will face a tough test against Valencia in Supercopa tie

This season’s somewhat controversial Supercopa de Espana kicks-off in Saudi Arabia this evening, as Cope del Rey champions, Valencia lock horns with Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid just three weeks after their closely fought 1-1 draw in La Liga at Mestalla.

The teams meet in this particular competition for the first time since 2008, when Real triumphed via a thrilling 6-5 aggregate win – one of 10 Supercopas lifted by Los Blancos in their history, compared to Valencia’s sole success in 1999.

Of course, the sides must negotiate two matches if they are to grab the trophy this time around thanks to the new four-team format, with the winner set to face either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s final at the same venue.

Real are expected to win the game, but they had to rely on a stoppage-time strike from Karim Benzema to share the spoils in the teams’ aforementioned clash before Christmas. Los Che, who qualified for the tournament thanks to their Copa Del Rey triumph last term, are highly likely to make life difficult for Zinedine Zidane’s side once again.

Valencia are now unbeaten in seven following their workmanlike 1-0 win at home to Eibar at the weekend; Maxi Gomez’s first-half goal proving enough to secure the points and haul Los Che up to 6th in the table, where they sit just four points behind the Champions League places.

Albert Celades’ charges are really coming into their own now after also booking their spot in the Last 16 of the Champions League, and you can guarantee they will be gunning for more silverware this week to bolster their tremendous Copa Del Rey win against Barcelona last season.

It would be unwise to write Los Che out of this based on current form, although Real’s recent results have been even more impressive. Los Blancos come into this game unbeaten in 14 across all competitions and they drew level with Barcelona at the top of Liga on Matchday 19 after superbly swatting in-form Getafe aside 0-3 at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Unsurprisingly, Zidane’s side are challenging Barca for outright Supercopa favouritism on the back of that result and a repeat performance here will make them extremely difficult to beat.

Last month’s 1-1 draw at Mestalla continued a strong trend of close games between the pair in recent years, with six of the last 14 meetings ending level. Valencia have scored in each of their last 16 games in all competitions, with both teams scoring in 13 of those, so we can expect an entertaining tie tonight.

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