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Leganés—Real Madrid 2019-20 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspensions, Potential XIs, Prediction

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Real Madrid go one more time after winning the league

Real Madrid CF’s Eden Hazard in action during the Spanish La... Photo by Manu Reino/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Match Preview

Real Madrid go one more time to close out this season against Leganés at the Butarque on Sunday. Los Blancos are of course coming fresh off their 34th league title victory.

With the title already clinched, Real are likely looking to close out the season on a good ending. They would love to add another win to the column and make it a perfect winning record since the restart.

This is a season-changing match for Leganés, who currently hold the final relegation spot. They are just one point trailing Celta and need them to lose or draw to Espanyol while also getting a win against Real if they hope to be playing Primera División football next season.

These two clubs met back at the Bernabéu in October, where Real issued a 5-0 drubbing at home. Lega will have to be much better this time around if they hope to avoid relegation the final day of Spanish football.

Injuries/Suspensions

Real Madrid will remain without Marcelo due to injury. Gareth Bale and James have been left out of the squad.

Leganés will likely be without Guido Carrillo, Alexander Szymanowski, Kévin and Real Madrid loanee Óscar Rodríguez. Ruben Pérez is serving a yellow card suspension.

Potential XIs

Leganés

Cuellar; Rosales, Bustinza, Tarin, Siovas, Eraso; Ruibal, Amadou, Mesa, Silva; Guerrero

Real Madrid

Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Mendy; Valverde, Casemiro, Isco; Asensio, Vinicius, Benzema

Given that the title has already been won, Zidane could give some of his starters some rest after a job well done.

We saw Rodrygo on the right side against Villarreal, we may see Asensio slot back in their with no Bale as competition. Vazquez is also an option. Vinicius may start on the left if Hazard is given rest.

Prediction

Leganés—Real Madrid 0-2

This is a match that means survival for the home team. Leganés will be fighting for nothing but a win and their first division hopes next season. They have been in great recent form, winning three of their last four matches and getting points in all four.

With Real likely resting several starters, Leganés will hope to take advantage and push for another win that will save their season, but still dependent on Celta’s result. Real still have good depth and will be looking to extend the perfect run of form since restart and upset the home side.

This will be an interesting match given the stakes for the home team. Even with nothing for Real to really play for, it will be entertaining football to see how Leganés fight to get out of relegation. We know after this Real are turning their sights to the second leg of the Manchester City draw in the Champions League.