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Huesca—Real Madrid La Liga 2021 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspensions, Potential XIs, Prediction

Real Madrid travel to Huesca looking for league redemption

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Match Preview

Real Madrid travel to Estadio El Alcoraz to face Huesca for the second time this season on Saturday.

The last match saw Real take a 4-1 win at the Di Stefano at the end of October. Since then, Huesca has had an overall disastrous season as the club finds itself dead last in the league. The club has lost three of its last five matches, though it did beat Valladolid last week.

Real currently sits in third in the league table, though even on points with Barcelona heading into the weekend. The club lost its last match in a disappointing 2-1 loss against Levante last weekend. Real has only won two of its last five league matches.

It’s getting closer to crunch time now as Atletico sit 10 points ahead of both Barcelona and Real Madrid. Atleti still has a match-in-hand to play as well.

Injuries/Suspensions

The injuries keep adding back up for Real Madrid as the club will be without Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Fede Valverde, Isco and Rodrygo. Nacho is back in the squad after recovering from coronavirus.

Huesca will likely be without left back Luisinho, defender Pablo Insua, midfielder Pablo Mosquera and forward Sandro Ramirez.

Eder Militão is suspended after seeing red against Levante last weekend.

Potential XIs

Huesca

Fernandez; Pulido, Siovas, Silva; Maffeo, Rico, Doumbia, Seoane, Galan; Okazaki, Mir

Real Madrid

Courtois; Odriozola, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Vinicius, Benzema

While Real Madrid has a decent portion of its starting lineup available against Huesca, there is a severe lack of depth as the club is only fielding a 17-man squad. Two of those squad players are goalkeepers while another three are Castilla products.

It’s going to be important for Real Madrid to get the most out of its starting players because of the severe lack of depth that is able to rotate into the match as the late minutes weigh on.

Prediction

Huesca—Real Madrid 1-3

Even with the lack of depth for Real Madrid, the club should still be able to beat the worst team in the league. The club can surely not afford to drop more points as it already did so against Levante.

Huesca is just four points from getting out of the relegation zone, so it will be fighting hard for the three points at home.

These two clubs have played three times in La Liga with Real Madrid winning every matchup. This is another meeting in which Real should be able to get the win to alleviate some of the week’s frustration that both Zinedine Zidane and the club have gone through.

There’s really no excuse for Real here, the club must win on Saturday. A loss, or even a draw, will cause even more tension than is already surrounding the club’s situation currently.