Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways as they host Eibar in a La Liga match at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, in Madrid, on Saturday evening (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Real Madrid and Eibar
Kick Off: Saturday 06 April
Match Timing: 07:45 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (81,044)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga matches in India. Football can also enjoy the action live on Facebook and its App.
Zinedine Zidane’s perfect start in his second coming as a Real Madrid manager ended with a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Valencia.
The hosts had the winds in their sails after some impressive results in the last month or so, but Madrid were high on confidence as well. First because of Zidane’s appointment, and 2nd due to the all-winning start.
Karim Benzema was once again the savior for Los Blancos. The former Lyon striker scored a late consolation goal, taking his goal tally for the season to an impressive 24 strikes. But the problem remains as Madrid were too wasteful for their own good.
The loss at Mestalla showed the task that Zidane has at his disposal. The squad certainly needs an over-hauling in the summer, for it lacks the pace and vibrancy in the final third.
It was Madrid’s 5th away defeat this season. How much Madrid need new arrivals could be seen by the fact that they have conceded a whopping 26 goals in 15 away games, which is almost 2 goals per game. Sergio Ramos is not getting any younger, and the same can be said about Marcelo.
According to reports, Zidane will be given a big transfer sum to buy new players this summer. That’s of paramount importance that he brings in some world-class talent o Santiago Bernabeu because Madrid need fresh blood to build for the future and to challenge the might of Barcelona in Spain.
The defeat in Valencia left Madrid 13 points off the pace, and five points of 2nd placed Atletico Madrid.
While Madrid may have money to buy success, but you can just admire what Eibar are doing season after season. For a club which plays its matches in front of just 7,000 home fans and which spent most of its years in the lower division of Spanish football, the top-half finish is like a huge bar of gold.
This is actually Eibar’s fifth consecutive season in La Liga. They achieved their highest ever position in Spain last season as they finished the 2017-18 campaign at 9th in the table. As things stand, they are 10th on the table having accumulated 39 points from 30 games.
With a stadium that can hold just a little over 7,000 fans, it’s still difficult to believe that Basque club can sustain at the top flight of Spanish football. For they are one of the smallest clubs ever to grace La Liga.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Real Madrid –D W W W D D
Eibar – W W D L W L D
RM vs EIB Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Real Madrid vs Eibar Team News:
Injured – Vinicius Junior will be missing the rest of the season and thus remains out of contention of this match.
Suspended – Left-back Marcelo will be unavailable for selection after picking up a yellow card in the last match.
Questionable – Marcos Llorente, Daniel Carvajal, and Thibaut Courtois are all questionable for this match.
Note: Zinedine Zidane has used two different goalkeepers in the last two matches, and this position remains open here as well. However, Keylor Navas may be preferred over young Luca Zidane. Meanwhile, Nacho returns from suspension and will start on the bench.
Key Players – Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Isco
Injured – As for Eibar, Anaitz Arbilla remains on the sidelines.
Suspended – Defensive midfielder Pape Diop picked up a booking in the 2-1 home win over Rayo Vallecano and will be serving a suspension here.
Questionable – Midfielder Pedro Bigas will be evaluated before the match.
Note: Marc Cucurella is available for selection after missing last week’s action through suspension. He will start on the left side of midfield.
Gonzalo Escalante and Joan Jordan are expected to partner in the midfield.
Key Players – Charles, Sergi Enrich
RM vs EIB Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Real Madrid– Navas (GK), Reguilon, Ramos, Varane, Odriozola, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Benzema
Eibar– Dmitrovic (GK), Pena, Ramis, Oliveira, Cote, Cucurella, Jordan, Escalante, Leon, Charles, Enrich
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Real Madrid suffered their first defeat under Zinedine Zidane last season, and he will be itching to put that right against an opponent which hasn’t won an away game in the last 10 matches.
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