Real Madrid are away against Malaga on Sunday in La Liga action. Madrid played in the middle of the week against Roma and were able to win away from home. Manager Zidane may well make some changes to his starting lineup in order to avoid excessive fatigue in this crucial stage of the league campaign.
Real are currently sitting third in the table and arch rivals Barcelona are ahead of them in first position and have managed to open up a points gap. It is therefore vital for Madrid to win every match, especially games against weaker opposition such as this, in order to stop the gap enjoyed by Barcelona becoming insurmountable.
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Malaga currently are in a mid table position, in tenth, and will look to avoid going winless in their seventh straight game against Real Madrid.
Malaga are currently suffering from a series of several injuries which hampers their chances on Sunday, but are likely to benefit from the return of Recio, who has come back from a brief suspension. Gonzalo Castro is likely to join Christian Atsu and Juan Carlos on the injured list for Sunday’s match. As a result Pablo Fornals is likely to come into the side at left midfield, despite being relatively unplayed this season.
Fernando Tissone is listed as doubtful and may or may not be ready in time for Sunday’s kickoff. Malaga has managed two straight league wins before their latest defeat to Villarreal and will be looking to get something against a Madrid side who have been defensively leaky as of late and may be fatigued after midweek.
Gareth Bale has been confirmed as not ready in time for Sunday’s match due to injury, so Zidane is likely to go with an attacking front three consisting of Rodriguez, Benzema and Ronaldo. Raphael Varane is suspended due to a prior red card and Pepe is doubtful to regain sufficient fitness in order to play a part in the contest.
The back four is likely to feature Nacho and Carvajal as a result.
Madrid’s only failure to win as of late came during a surprising 1-1 draw against Real Betis.
The third placed side are likely to grab all three points away from home against Malaga but there is a chance that a combination of fatigue, injuries and suspensions could leave Madrid vulnerable to Malaga walking away from this game with something.
Zidane will regard anything other than a win, and keeping the pressure on Barcelona, as an unacceptable outcome from this contest.