CD Leganés vs Real Madrid: Match preview
Real to face Leganés without Ronaldo and Bale.
As La Liga enters into its final stages, Real Madrid will be hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the table with an away trip to Leganés at their disposal. Real Madrid have managed a 3-0 victory over Alavés on Sunday and will be looking to procure another 3 points from this game before playing against Atlético Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday.
Date: 5 April, 2017
Time: 20:25 (GMT), 21:30 (CET), 01:00 (IST)
Venue: Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganés
The Los Blancos have some tough fixtures ahead of them in the upcoming days where they will be facing Atlético and Barcelona in La Liga and Bayern München twice in the quarter-finals of Champions League. Coach Zinedine Zidane has therefore decided to rotate his squad and keep his key players rested and fresh for the vital games. Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos will not be featuring in the match. Raphaël Varane is not available either with the French international picking up an injury early in the game against Alavés. Nonetheless, Zidane has surplus options to choose from and players like James Rodríguez, Marco Asensio and Álvaro Morata could earn a spot in the starting line-up. In short, despite some notable absentees, Real Madrid are presumed to seize a victory from this game.
Leganés, however, have been struggling to find their form this season in spite of making a bright start. Last year’s runners-up of the Segunda División now sit at the 17th spot, just 5 points clear of the relegation zone. The team from Madrid outskirts have drawn consecutive 3 matches against Sevilla, Málaga and Real Sociedad since bagging a victory against Granada. Erik Morán is suspended and Robert Ibáñez, Mamadou Koné, Omar Ramos will be missing the game because of injury.
Real Madrid squad: Navas, Casilla, Yáñez; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Danilo; James, Casemiro, Kovačić, Asensio, Isco; Benzema, Vázquez, Mariano, Morata
CD Leganés squad: Herrerín, Tito, Unai, Mantovani, Dimitrios, Diego Rico, Pires, López, Pérez, Szymanowski, Guerrero, Insua, Siovas, Luciano
Real Madrid’s form in last 5 games: W W W W W
CD Leganés’ form in last 5 games: L W D D D
Last meeting: Real Madrid 3-0 Leganés (6 November, 2016)