On Wednesday night, the overtime game between Leganes and Real Madrid will be played. The match of the 16th round was originally scheduled during the “Galactic” season at the Club World Championship.
Leganes managed a big surprise by eliminating Real Madrid from Copa del Rey, but the “galactics” now have the chance to take revenge. Leganes has not won a match in the past three weeks, being eliminated from Copa del Rey and losing ground in La Liga. Moreover, the home team failed to score in the last four games played. The enthusiasm after the victory in Madrid disappeared and continuing such developments could be a problem, even if Leganes did not risk relegation.
Real Madrid seems to have returned. Zidane’s players have not missed that Santiago Bernabeu cup match and the 13 goals scored in the last three matches seem to indicate that the team is at full speed. The Champions League victory in the PSG match should have been very important for the morale of the players. Such a result against an important club could be the catalyst that puts the guest team to a much better end of the season. Ronaldo scored in each of the three recent games. After a disappointing start in La Liga, the Portuguese reached 12 and will want to add new goals to his balance sheet.
The victory in the quarterback of Copei del Rey was the only one for Leganes in the four games played over the last two seasons. On Municipal de Butarque, Real has won both parties since that time.
Dimitrios Siovas was suspended last round but should be retired Wednesday night.
Guests can not rely on Toni Kroos and Marcelo, injured.
Cuellar – Garcia, Munoz, Siovas, Zaldua – Eraso, Perez, Pires – Amrabat, Bauvu, Naranjo
Real Madrid (4-3-3)
Navas – Hernandez, Varane, Ramos, Carvajal – Isco, Casemiro, Modric – Ronaldo, Benzema, Asensio
The guest team is in good shape, managing to show us the recent form of offensive we used to be in the past seasons. Even though Real has to think about the weekend match with Alaves and the next week with the PSG, I expect that in this game Zidane’s students will not only play for the three points. The desire for a retaliation against those who eliminated them from the Copa del Rey should propel him for a clear victory.
PREDICTION: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.57