La Liga Champions Real Madrid play their final game for the season away to Leganes on Sunday evening. Freshly crowned champions would be facing Leganes who needs a victory and results in the other games favoring them in other to survive relegation this season.
Real Madrid defeated Villareal at the Estadio Alfredo De Stefano stadium on Thursday to be confirmed La Liga champions for the 34th time in the club’s history. Kareem Benzema's brace in the game helped Real Madrid defeat the Yellow Submarines 2-1. The French man scored his first goal in the first half from Luca Modric pass before scoring his second from a penalty in the second half. Javier Aguirre’s Leganes have picked form coming into June. Los Pepineros have picked up ten points from their last four matches, defeating Espanyol, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia on the way. After match day 37, Leganes are currently 18th on the table, one point behind 18th place Celta Vigo, a victory against Madrid might just save Los Pepineros from relegation.
The home team will be without Ruben Perez who is suspended for the game. Alexanderr Szymanowski will also miss out of the Sunday tie due to a muscular injury, Nigerian defender Kenneth Omeruo alongside Kevin Rodrigues, Oscar Rodriguez and Guido Carrillo will all face late fitness test prior to the all-important game.
Roque Mesa is expected to fill in for suspended Ruben Perez while Miguel Guerrero might lead the attack.
Leganes possible starting lineup:
Cuellar; Ruibal, Bustinza, Tarin, Siovas, Rosales; Eraso, Amadou, Mesa, Gil; Guerrero
Champions Real Madrid would be without the services the sevices of club’s assistant captain Marcelo, the Brazilian is ruled out with injury.
Nacho is also yet to recover from injury, the Spaniard won’t be available for Sunday’s game. Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have been omitted from Zinadine Zidane match day squad.
Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez rift with Zidane off the pitch continues. With the Champions League second leg tie against Manchester City fast approaching, Zinadine Zidane might rest some of his key players in Sunday’s game.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Modric; Vinicius, Benzema, Asensio
Real Madrid are unbeaten since la liga resumed last month, Los Blancos amazing form since the resumption of the League helped them clinch La Liga title from rivals Barcelona.
Courtois is chasing personal clean sheet record, the Belgian has 18 clean sheets this season, more than any other goal keeper in Spain. For Kareem Benzema, the French man is two goals behind Barcelona’s superstar Lionel Messi.
Kareem Benzema can still win Spanish golden boots award should he score a hat trick against Leganes.
Real Madrid La Liga form: WWWWWW
With the season about to end, Leganes have suddenly picked form. In their last five domestic games, Los Pepineros have won three, drawing one and losing one gaining ten points in the process.
Javier Aguirre’s boy have to treat the game against Madrid like a final, well it is a final for Leganes because anything short of a victory would get them relegated.
Real Madrid were five nil winners when both sides met earlier in the season but seeing what is at stake for Leganes on Sunday, I doubt it would be that easy for Real Madrid.
Leganes La Liga form: LLWDWW
With La Liga already wrapped up on Thursday, Los Blancos would shift focus to Champions League round of 16 tie with Manchester City in which they lost 3-1 in the first leg at Bernabeu.
Leganes has everything to lose, they look the hungrier side on paper and we will be going for a Leganes victory. Leganes 2-1 Real Madrid
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