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Real Madrid vs Leganés, 2016 La Liga: Match Preview

Los Merengues seek win after mid-week stutter

UD Las Palmas v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Madrid host minnows Leganés on Sunday, who are currently enjoying a decent start to their maiden Liga season.

The side from the outskirts of Madrid have won 10 points in as many games so far this season, notably defeating Celta Vigo on the opening weekend of the season, as well as taking a point from Atlético Madrid.

Results in the past few games may not make good reading for Leganés fans, but they still claimed victories away to Deportivo and Granada respectively.

And after Wednesday evening’s stumble away to Legia Warsaw, Zinedine Zidane will be calling for his side to go into the international break with a win, especially as they face Atlético upon the domestic restart.

Zidane fielded a 4-4-2 mid week, but expect Real to revert to 4-3-3. You would imagine that Morata will assume the role of the lone striker, flanked by Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

With Pepe and Sergio Ramos still injured, Nacho and Raphael Varane look set to continue at centre back. Fábio Coentrão made his first start since 2014/2015, but Marcelo should resume his role as captain and left-back.

Mateo Kovacic also performed well midweek, and despite Luka Modric being named in the squad, the former should continue in central midfield with Toni Kroos.

Leganés will most likely set up in a 4-2-3-1, which they used in the draw with Atletico, but Manager Asier Garitano deployed a 4-3-3 in the 5-1 loss to Barcelona.

The visitors like to attack down the right flank, and as Marcelo enjoys supporting Real’s attack, Leganés will look to exploit the space the Brazilian vacates.

Left-winger Alexander Szymanowski and young Brazilian attacker Gabriel have been Leganés’ most potent goal threats so far this season, and will take advantage if Real afford them too much time and space in the final third with their key passes and dribbling abilities. Gabriel in particular is a threat from set-pieces.

It should be pretty-straightforward for Real, but they cannot afford any complacency, especially with no chance to put it right before the Madrid derby on Saturday 19 November.

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