Real Madrid welcome fifth-placed Getafe to the capital on Thursday night as Los Blancos close in on another La Liga title.
Zinedine Zidane’s side edged past bottom side Espanyol at the weekend to go top of the table, two points ahead of Barcelona with six games left to play.
Madrid’s opponents, Getafe, are only two points away from a potential Champions League qualifying spot themselves, after winning their first game since the restart against Real Sociedad.
Here’s 90min‘s preview of the game.
When Is Kick Off? Thursday 2 July
What Time Is Kick Off? 21:00 (BST)
Where Is It Played? Alfredo di Stefano Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? La Liga TV
Zinedine Zidane will be able to welcome Luka Modric and Ferland Mendy back into the squad after they missed the Espanyol game due to suspension. Luka Jovic and Lucas Vazquez both remain on the injury list for Madrid, but Nacho could return to the squad after spending time out with a thigh injury.
As for Getafe, they have an almost full squad to choose from, with defender Djene Dakonam eligible to return from a one-game suspension.
Oghenekaro Etebo, Erick Cabaco and Filip Manojlovic all remain sidelined.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Hazard, Isco, Benzema
Getafe: Soria, Suarez, Etzeita, Dakonam, Oliveira, Nyom, Arambarri, Maksimovic, Cucurella, Mata, Rodriguez
Since La Liga’s restart, Real Madrid have won five games in a row and looked at their absolute best.
Zidane’s side have scored 11 times and conceded just twice, notching up wins over Champions League qualification hopefuls Valencia and Real Sociedad in that time.
For Getafe, things have been a little more tricky. Four games without a win – with just a solitary loss – was not the form José Bordalás would have envisaged from his side, but victory over Real Sociedad may get their European aspirations back on track.
Here’s how both sides have performed in their last five games.
Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid ( 28/06)
Real Madrid 2-0 Real Mallorca (24/06)
Real Sociedad 1-2 Real Madrid (21/06)
Real Madrid 3-0 Valencia (18/06)
Real Madrid 3-1 Eibar (14/06)
Getafe 2-1 Real Sociedad (29/06)
Valladolid 1-1 Getafe (23/06)
Getafe 1-1 Eibar (20/06)
Getafe 0-0 Espanyol (16/06)
Granada 2-1 Getafe (12/06)
The form of both teams really couldn’t be much different and the two day turnaround may be too much for Getafe to handle fitness wise.
Real have had an extra day to prepare and that, coupled with the strength of their side, should be enough to see them coast to another three points.
Prediction: Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe