Revoked by a Spanish League win, Real Madrid host Leganés on Wednesday, January 24, in an attempt to confirm their qualification for the semi-finals of the Spanish King’s 2017/2018 season. At the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, the confrontation kicks off at 6:30 p.m. (Brasília time).
An Asensio goal in the final minutes of the second half gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win in the first leg. Thus, the team has only one draw to advance to the next phase. Leganés also need to win by a goal of advantage, but they have to score at least two goals. If you return the 1 to 0, it will cause an extension and, if need be, decision by penalties.
The success against Leganés interrupted a series of three unsuccessful games of Real (two draws and one defeat) and served to propel the team towards the 7-1 thrashing applied on Sunday, January 21, by the Spanish Championship.
It did not serve to improve the classification of the team in LaLiga. With 35 points (ten wins, five draws and four losses), he is in fourth place. The difference for Valencia, third placed, however, fell to five points.
The importance of the thrashing was even greater to break the fast of goals of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (15 games of the Spanish Championship 2017/2018, six goals). He had gone blank in the last three LaLiga games, rare for the player who won the world’s best award last season.
It did not reach the end of the game. There was a cut in the eyebrow that made him take off with six minutes to complete the duel. It should not, however, be a problem for Wednesday’s showdown.
Sunday’s match also marked the return of French striker Karim Benzema (13 matches, two goals). He acted for almost half an hour. Maybe he has a chance to be scaled from the start against Leganés.
Still follows as doubt the defender Sérgio Ramos (13 matches, no goal). He recovers from muscle damage and depends on examination to see if he can be at the disposal of coach Zinedine Zidane. Also in the ward is defender Jesus Vallejo (three games, no goal).
The current form of Leganés
On Sunday, January 21, the Leganés extended their unstoppable run to four. After three defeats, he managed a goal in the final moments and reached the tie, 2-2, against Alavés, at the rival’s home.
It was enough for the team to continue outside the relegation zone in the Spanish Championship, thanks to the help of Real Madrid himself. With 18 points (three wins, nine draws and eight losses), he is in seventeenth place. They are two more than La Coruna, who with the defeat in the capital could not leave the 16 points and continues opening the region of the sticking in the eighteenth position.
To face Real, coach Asier Garitano will have to listen to the position of the medical department in relation to three athletes. Defender Mauro dos Santos (four matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish League without a goal) and Ezequiel Muñoz (nine games, without a goal) are in injury treatment, as well as midfielder Alexander Szymanowski (13 matches, two goals).
History of matches between Real Madrid and Leganés
There were only five meetings involving Leganés and Real Madrid. There was a draw in the first and then only victories of the Real. The teams have not yet faced each other in the current season by the Spanish Championship. The clash would be held in December, but was postponed due to Real’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup (International Football Federation).
It is possible that Zidane does not climb all the headlines avoiding, thus, greater wear before the game of Saturday, January 27, against Valencia by LaLiga. After all, the duel is important in the fight for the third place in the Spanish League, which earns direct spot in the group stage of the Champions League. Still, Real remains the best guessing option for Wednesday’s showdown. It has a price of 1.16 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 7.00. Success visitor multiplies the investment by 17.00. Quotations in effect at 2:19 pm on 22/1/2018.
Our Prediction: Real Madird win @ 1.16