Following their 4-2 win against Celta Vigo last Sunday, Real Madrid will now face Almeria with nothing but victory on their minds, since Barcelona blasted Getafe and Luis Enrique’s men are now five points away from Los Blancos. With some changes in the team’s lineup, Real Madrid can’t afford any slip-ups to continue dreaming about snatching La Liga away from their hated opponents.
Without Bale, Benzema and Modric due to injuries, Carlo Ancelotti determined to rotate his squad in order to keep everyone ready for action. With that in mind, “Carletto” anticipated Mexican striker Chicharito Hern??ndez will be starting alongside Cristiano Ronaldo up front, while some other players will be granted another chance to start.
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Real Madrid will try to keep their goal scoring form against Almeria when they host them on Wednesday, having scored at least four goals during each and every match between them. In fact, the only positive result for the Andalucian side goes back to the 2010-2011 season, when Los Rojiblancos managed to draw their game against Jose Mourinho’s Madrid.
Los Blancos could also have a historic moment this Wednesday, since Carlo Ancelotti decided to call up from Real Madrid Castilla one of their long-term projects: Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard. If the 16-year old plays against Almeria, he will be the youngest player ever to sport Real Madrid’s jersey.
On the other hand, Almeria desperately need to shock Los Blancos in order to get away from the drop zone. A loss against Real Madrid, combined with a Deportivo La Coru?a victory could send Los Rojiblancos to the bottom three teams in La Liga’s standings, and with their tough schedule ahead, it would be highly complicated for them to salvage that situation. The team will need the most from Tommer Hemed, who’s goalscoring capabilities will come in handy for the struggling side. Furthermore, Sebastian Dubarbier will be back after completing a one-match ban, meaning he will be slotted right back in the team’s lineup.
Real Madrid’s Starting XI: Navas; Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao; Illarra, Kroos, Jes??, James, Cristiano; Chicharito.
Almeria’s Starting XI: Rub??n; Ximo, Trujillo, Mauro, Man??; Verza, Thomas, Corona, Dubarbier, ?dgar, Hemed.
Real Madrid’s subs: Casillas, Marcelo, Lucas Silva, Nacho, Isco, Odegaard, Mayoral.
Almeria’s subs: Juli??n, Mar??n, Dos Santos, Azeez, Espinosa, Iv??n Sanchez, Jonathan.
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