Third-placed Real Madrid head to the Canary Islands to face UD Las Palmas. The last time these two teams met in the Spanish capital, Real came out 3-1 winners with goals from Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Jesé from the hosts. Hernán scored for Las Palmas that day.
For Real Madrid, they’ve picked up 10 points in their last five games. The two times they dropped points were during a 1-1 draw at Malaga and then a 0-1 loss at home to city rivals Atletico Madrid thanks to a goal from Antoine Griezmann. In Champions League competition, Los Blancos recorded a couple of 2-0 wins of AS Roma to book a spot in the last eight.
Las Palmas have surprisingly found themselves on the winning side of things the last few games in the league. In the last five games, they’ve picked up nine points. The team has reeled off three straight victories, including a couple of 1-0 wins over fourth-placed Villarreal and ninth-placed Eibar.
Los Galacticos don’t have many injuries to report, with only a couple of players on their injury list. Defender Alvaro Arbeloa is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. Striker Karim Benzema remains out but is back in training, completing running drills and an individual exercise program.
Los Amarillos’ injury list runs much longer than Madrid’s. Mubarak Wakaso, Hernán, and Javi Castellano are all out with the latter likely out until the end of the season. Dani Castellano, Artiles Oliva Aythami, and Tana are all doubtful for tomorrow’s matchup while Nauzet Aleman and Vicente Gomez are back in training, hoping to get some action.
UD Las Palmas (4-4-2): Varas; Garcia, Oliva Aythami, Bigas, Garrido; Montoro, Momo, Quevedo, El Zhar; Jose, Viera
Real Madrid (4-5-1): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, James, Modrić, Bale; Ronaldo
What to watch for
In their five matchups all-time, Las Palmas have picked up one win over Madrid back in 2001, coming up against a loaded Madrid side featuring Zinedine Zidane. Despite sitting 16th and a point above the drop zone, Los Amarillos have found new life, winning three straight and will definitely look to hang close with Madrid at home. They’ll have to hit Los Blancos on the counter to have a shot to win this.
For Madrid, it’s simple. With the quality and high-caliber side they'll put out tomorrow, they just have to bury their chances. Despite a 2-0 win at home against AS Roma in midweek, the scoreline should’ve been much more in their favour, missing a number of opportunities to add to their lead.