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Real Madrid will face Las Palmas in match week 25 of the La Liga on Wednesday night, at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid reclaimed top spot in the league with an extremely impressive 3-2 comeback victory against Villarreal over the weekend but could lose it to rivals Barcelona temporarily, who will be playing Sporting Gijon earlier in the day. Zinedine Zidane’s men displayed great determination and quality at the El Madrigal, to come back and win after being 2 goals down, albeit with a slice of luck, and the manager will be hoping for more of the same kind of mentality from the player come Wednesday.
The Los Blancos drew their previous fixture against their next opponents, who are comfortably nestled in mid-table and will be wanting to get a better outcome this time around. Zidane will still be without defender Raphael Varane who is nursing an injury and full-back Danilo as well. Gareth Bale was substituted against Villarreal after he seemed to have picked up a niggle and may not be risked for the encounter. Let’s take a look how Madrid will line up on Wednesday night against Las Palmas:
Let’s take a look how Madrid will line up on Wednesday night against Las Palmas:
The shot-stopper has shipped in quite a few goals in recent weeks, but will be hoping to keep a clean sheet against Las Palmas on Wednesday night.
Carvajal was instrumental in Madrid’s comeback against Villarreal on Sunday and Zidane will be counting on the Spaniard for more of the same in the next game.
With Varane still unfit, the senior pro will take the field once again during the midweek clash in the heart of the defence for Madrid.
The captain did not have the best of outings against Villarreal, but will start on Wednesday alongside Pepe and will look to put in a strong display.
The Brazilian left-back’s attacking intent and vigour down the flank will be key for Madrid against Las Palmas as they look to establish their dominance at home.
His tough-tackling cavalier presence in the middle of the park is absolutely vital for Zidane’s side and he will feature from the start at the Bernabeu.
The Croatian international is another key cog in the Madrid midfield and while Isco has impressed in recent weeks coming on from the bench, we expect Modric to hold onto his place.
Nobody possesses the quality on the ball that Kroos has, in the Madrid roster and his composure and calming presence will be absolutely crucial for the home team to take control in the midfield.
Gareth Bale seemed to pick up a knock in his first start post the enforced injury break and Zidane might look to rest his star man, which means Lucas Vazquez may get a look-in into the playing XI.
The Portuguese international was on the scoresheet against Villarreal and Madrid will be hoping that Ronaldo plays like his usual self.
The Spaniard has impressed heavily in his cameos and should get a chance from the get-go against Las Palmas ahead of Karim Benzema during the midweek clash.