Valencia's drive to rejoin the title race gathered momentum as they swept aside Real Mallorca 3-1 at home in the Primera Liga on Tuesday.
Goals from Vicente, David Villa and substitute Fernando Morientes put Valencia ahead and a late penalty for Mallorca never threatened the home side's third straight victory.
Valencia remained sixth in the table but are now level on 27 points with fifth-placed Real Zaragoza, who drew 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao, and fourth-placed Atletico Madrid.
Leaders Sevilla welcome struggling Deportivo Coruna on Wednesday when Real Madrid, in third, host Recreativo Huelva at the Bernabeu.
Second-placed Barcelona face their bogey team Atletico on Thursday.