Our football match prediction:
After dropping two points in Wednesday’s Champions League match against Legia (3-3), Real Madrid will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome Leganes at their Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday morning. Los Blancos came from behind to beat Deportivo Alaves at the weekend, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a brace for the capital club. The Portuguese superstar, though, has been struggling to find his best form of late, but despite the fact that CR7 doesn’t seem to be at the top of his game, Real Madrid are leading the chase for the La Liga title. Zinedine Zidane has some injury worries ahead of the visit of Leganes, but considering that the newcomers are on a three-game losing run in La Liga, we predict that the Spanish giants will record a routine win over Asier Garitano’s charges. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in the Spanish elite division.
Highlighted Player (Varane):
French footballer Raphael Varane is regarded as one of the best defenders in the world. The 191-cm-tall centre back played for Lens in the 2010/2011 season and on 22 June, 2011 he signed a contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho helped him made a great progress during and the French defender established himself as a first-team regular in the 2014/2015 La Liga campaing. Varane won his second Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in 2016 and it has to be noted that he clinched only one La Liga title with los Blancos (2011/2012). Varane is very fast and he is a player with extraordinary aerial ability and the ability to read the game. He often scores after set pieces and it has to be noted that he netted two goals for Real Madrid in all competitions in the 2014/2015 campaign. Varane plays for France national team, but he missed the 2016 European Championship finals through injury.
Highlighted Team (Leganes):
Leganes are a Spanish football club that have mostly been playing in lower leagues. Los Pepineros play their home games at Batarque (Madrid) and the capacity of the stadium is just 8,138. Leganes secured their promotion to the Spanish La Liga for the first time ever in 2016 and, no doubt, that is considered the club’s biggest success. Leganes’ bitterest rivals are fellow capital club Getafe and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the South Madrid derby. The colour of the team’s home kit is white and blue, whilst their away kits are green. The likes of Pierre Webo, Samuel Eto’o, Ivan Zarandona, Jose Chamot, Catanha, Ruben Falcon, Jordi Lardin and Pedro Lago are famous players who were part of the Batarque outfit in the past. Lady Maria Victoria Pavon is the first female president in the history of the club and she has been in charge of the club since 2009.