La Liga's third-place team, Real Madrid, head to Leganes for a showdown with the league's 11th place club. Leganes have quietly had a solid season in Spain as they sit comfortably in midtable with 10 points separating them from the bottom three.
Real Madrid defeated Eibar last weekend, 2-1, to strengthen their chances of a top-two finish. Los Blancos are two points back of Atletico Madrid with seven matches to play.
The two Spanish teams will play on Monday night at Leganes' quaint Estadio Municipal de Butarque. Real Madrid have played Leganes three times this season already in the league and Copa del Rey. Surprisingly, Leganes won their previous match at the Estadio Municipal de Butarque in the second leg of their cup tie, 1-0.
The victory was Leganes' second against Real Madrid in 13 meetings dating back to 2003. Their only other win came in the Copa del Rey in 2018 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Madrid do go into the fixture having won five of their last six away matches.
Real Madrid go into the match as the favourite at 5/8. Leganes go into the fixture at odds of 9/2.
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Real Madrid have a few players nearing returns to full fitness. One of which is wonder kid Vinicius Jr, who has been injured since Real Madrid's humiliating 4-1 loss to Ajax in the Champions League. The teenager is still healing and won't play a part on Monday night.
Despite Vinicius Jr's absence, Real Madrid could have a host of players back. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returned to training this week after suffering an injury on international duty. Raphael Varane also returned to training following a bout of the flu.
Both teams to score @ 7/10 - BET NOW
Real Madrid have kept nine clean sheets this season, but just one in their last nine games. Los Blancos' defence is not impenetrable as they have shown the ability to concede goals. In Leganes' previous game against Real Madrid, the two sides combined for five goals with both teams scoring.
Karim Benzema to score first goal @ 15/4 - BET NOW
Karim Benzema may be having his best season as a Real Madrid player. The striker bagged two goals a week ago against Eibar as Real Madrid won 2-1. When these two sides met in September, Benzema struck the back of the net twice as Real Madrid rolled 4-1. Benzema has 26 goals in 48 games in all competitions.
Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6 - BET NOW
Just two times in 11 matches have these two clubs failed to produce a game with over 2.5 goals scored. Both matches that ended under 2.5 goals came in the Copa del Rey, so goals can be expected on Monday night.
Eighteen of Real Madrid's 31 games have seen over 2.5 goals scored. With Benzema in excellent form, Real Madrid will find the back of the net. Yet, Real Madrid's defensive frailties will give Leganes scoring opportunities.
Leganes don't score a lot of goals, but they won't be over-awed by Real Madrid.
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