Real Madrid v Racing Santander 19:00 Sat
Racing Santander seem unlikely to make it out of the Primera Liga’s relegation zone anytime soon and face the unenviable task of facing Real Madrid, who are predictably heavy odds on favourites with Skybet to take all three points at the the Bernabeu this weekend.
Los Racinguistas have had a disappointing season, failing to build on the 12th place finish of 2011.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have managed to break the seemingly unstoppable form that Barcelona had built up over recent seasons and lead the Spanish league champions by an impressive ten points.
This feat is in no small part down to the outstanding home form of Los Blancos, with the Spanish giants averaging over four goals per game when playing at the Santiago Bernabeu this campaign.
However, one statistic Racing will be clutching onto is the fact that Real’s defence isn’t nearly as impressive.
Jose Mourinho’s side have conceded 1.36 goals per game on average in this season’s La Liga, making them the second most vulnerable team when at home.
The Madrid outfit, who are currently top of the Primera Liga, have nine victories in their last ten outings and will be hoping to improve that record further on Saturday. There could be recalls for Angel di Maria and Sami Khedira who have returned to training after a spell on the sidelines, while Lassana Diarra could make a return to the starting line up.
Racing haven’t been quite as successful to say the least and have gone without a win in their last four fixtures.
Despite the fact that Real Madrid will go into this weekend’s match as firm favourites, Racing Santander will be hoping to put an obstacle in the path of their opposition this weekend as the hosts look to prise the league title away from Barcelona, who themselves face a difficult challenge against Valencia at the Nou Camp, and who will be looking to respond in a positive manner after their shock 3-2 defeat at Estadio Reyno de Navarra in Osasuna last week.