Looking to maintain his 100% win record since taking over the reins from Rafael Benitez, Zinedine Zidane and his team travel to Real Betis in a bid to keep up with FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the Spanish La Liga.
The Spanish club has been the centre of much attention following Florentino Perez’s decision to sack Benitez, and it seems that his decision has been validated following Real Madrid’s impressive performance since Zinedine Zidane assumed command of the squad.
Sitting in the 15th spot, 4 points clear of the drop zone, Real Betis will be hoping to catch Real Madrid by surprise on Sunday. Heiko Westermann remains doubtful for the fixture which means that German Pezzella and Bruno Gonzalez are likely to feature in the starting lineup in front of Adan.
Probable Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Adan (GK); Piccini, Pezzella, Gonzalez, Vargas; Petros, N’Diaye, Kadir, Fabian, Cejudo; Castro
Real Madrid will be without the services of Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale as Zidane looks to rack up his third straight win in his new managerial role. James Rodriguez is expected to start the fixture, despite reports highlighting his discontentment at the club. Pepe is expected to partner Varane as Sergio Ramos looks to make a come-back next week.
Probable Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Navas (GK); Marcelo, Pepe, Varane, Danilo; Modric, Kroos, James Rodriguez, Isco, Ronaldo; Benzema
- Real Madrid have won seven of their last ten fixtures against Real Betis.
- Real Betis haven’t won a single fixture in their last seven league outings.
- Real Betis haven’t scored in their last 5 league outings.
Betting Odds (bet365)
Real Betis- 25/1
Real Madrid- 1/10