Trying to make their way ahead of a monumental Champions League challenge, Real Madrid will attempt to shake off its recent troubles when hosting Eibar on Friday at the Bernabeu.
How to watch:
When: Friday 13 March
Time: 4:00 pm. ET
TV: Playing sports
Live broadcast: fuboTV (watch for free)
Los Blancos failed to regain top spot in La Liga from Barcelona over the weekend, losing 2-1 to Real Betis on Sunday. It was the fourth loss in seven games in all competitions for Real, which is two points behind Barcelona with 11 games remaining. Basically, he returned the points he earned with a 2-0 win over Blaugrana.
Getting Karim Benzema back on track seems to be a challenge for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who has seen France’s international scoring only three goals in his last 15 games in all competitions. This game could prove vital to this end as Real have to reach Manchester after this game needs at least two goals to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the first leg in their 16 Champions League round. The team will also be without talisman Sergio Ramos, who will serve a suspension of the red card. Real, however, was formidable at Bernabeu in La Liga, undefeated in 13 games, while in this period it surpassed 27-9 enemies.
EIbar has been sucked into relegation wreckage since its climax of the season, a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in mid-January. The Los Armeros have only one win in the last seven in all competitions and on Saturday they are losing 2-1 at home against Mallorca.
The result left them 16th in the table with 27 points, just two points above the drop with 12 games left. Eibar manager Jose Luis Mandilibar will be forced to make at least one change to his starting lineup, as central defender Paulo Oliviera will expire a match match due to the accumulation of yellow cards after being booked in Saturday’s defeat.
Real Madrid won 4-0 easy in the second leg. The Los Blancos dominated this rivalry at the highest levels, winning nine of the 11 league games. Eibar is winless in five trips to the Bernabeu, with the lone point scoring a 1-1 draw in 2016, and was beaten 13-2 in those competitions.