This game was due to take place at the back end of last year but was rescheduled due to Real Madrid’s involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup. The sides have met twice since then though with Leganes recording a shock Copa del Rey win over Los Blancos to pile the pressure on Zinedine Zidane.
Real Madrid look in slightly better shape now though, chiefly thanks to a 3-1 win over PSG in the 1st Leg of their Champions League clash last week. That competition will now come to define Real’s season but they’ll be keen to keep the momentum going here as they look for a fourth straight win in all competitions.
It’s a short trip across the Spanish capital to Leganes and it might not be a bad time to be heading there with the Madrid minnows struggling right now. They’ve lost their last three games and their fine run to the last four of the cup may now be starting to take its toll on a squad that has largely overachieved on all fronts this term. It’s just one win in six league games for Leganes and it’s hard to see things improving here with Real no doubt out for revenge after their cup loss at the hands of the same opposition.
Los Blancos won a 5-3 thriller at Betis at the weekend in a game which once again highlighted their attacking quality and defensive frailties. There would have been plenty there to encourage Leganes who will feel there is a goal in this for them but it was also a performance that highlighted Real’s strength in depth.
The likes of Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mateo Kovacic all came into the side and largely delivered the goods in a throwback to last season when Real’s fringe players had key roles in their title success. We may see the likes of Isco, Modric and Benzema rotate back in here and whatever eleven that Zidane puts out it should have too much for Leganes, who are dealing with quite a few injury problems right now.
The PSG win looks to have reinvigorated Real Madrid to some extent and they have won 6 of their last 8 in all competitions. They are still leaking goals though with both teams scoring in all of their last 7 games. Leganes have a cautious reputation but with 7 goals in their last 4 home league games, they have enough about them to cause problems and extend Real’s wait for a clean sheet.
Overall backing Real Madrid and Both Teams to Score looks to offer value here.
Head To Head
Leganes stunned Los Blancos by winning 2-1 at the Bernabeu to knock Zidane’s men out of the Copa del Rey last month. Real Madrid had won the previous 5 meetings, including 4 wins at Butarque this century.
Leganes vs Real Madrid Stats
- Real Madrid have gone eight league games without a clean sheet.
- Their last five away league wins have also seen the opposition score.
- Leganes have gone five games without a win in all competitions for the first time this season.