Real Madrid have the opportunity to reclaim the top spot in the La Liga table when they face Las Palmas at Estadio Gran Canaria on Saturday afternoon.
After a hard-fought 3-2 victory against Almeria, Los Blancos are eager to continue their winning streak. On the other hand, Las Palmas, currently flying high, secured a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in their last match.
While Girona has been making waves in La Liga this season, Las Palmas has also been impressing since their return to the top flight of Spanish football. With nine wins, four draws, and eight defeats from their 21 matches, Las Palmas currently sits in eighth position with 31 points.
Under Garcia Pimienta’s guidance, they are only four points behind sixth-placed Real Sociedad. Their recent victories over Villarreal and Rayo Vallecano have boosted their confidence ahead of the clash with Real Madrid.
Although Las Palmas has scored five goals in their last two matches, they still have one of the lowest goal tallies in the league, with only 21 goals so far. However, their success has largely been built on a solid defense, conceding just 17 goals, second only to Real Madrid’s 13.
Saturday’s match will showcase the two best defensive teams in La Liga this season. Real Madrid will aim to extend their winning streak against Las Palmas to four consecutive league victories, including a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture in September 2023.
Real Madrid had a rare free week following their elimination from the Copa del Rey on January 18. Their last league match saw them come from behind to secure a thrilling 3-2 win against Almeria. Despite the victory, it was a lackluster performance from the title contenders.
Currently sitting in second place with 51 points from their 20 matches, Real Madrid is just one point behind Girona. A draw in this match would be enough for them to reclaim the top spot due to their superior head-to-head record.
Before their Champions League clash with RB Leipzig, Real Madrid has four more league games, including matches against Atletico Madrid and Girona.
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Las Palmas will be without on-loan Barcelona defender Julian Araujo due to suspension. Daley Sinkgraven is doubtful due to illness. However, the team did not suffer any fresh injury concerns in their last match.
Alvaro Lemos and Eric Curbelo will undergo late fitness tests. Alberto Moleiro and Munir El Haddadi are expected to support Sandro Ramirez in the starting lineup.
For Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham’s suspension will keep him out of this contest. Brahim Diaz is expected to replace him as the team’s leading goalscorer this season.
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba remain sidelined due to injury. Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga are potential midfield options, but Ancelotti might make only one change from the previous match – Diaz for Bellingham – as the squad has had a week of rest.
Possible Starting Lineups
Las Palmas: (4-5-1)
Suarez, Herzog, Marmol, S Cardona;
El Haddadi, Munoz, Perrone, K Rodriguez, Moleiro;
Real Madrid: (4-3-1-2)
Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy;
Valverde, Tchouameni, Kroos;
Prediction: Las Palmas 1-2 Real Madrid
Las Palmas should not be underestimated in La Liga, and they have the ability to secure a positive result against Real Madrid.
However, we expect a closely contested match, with Real Madrid ultimately showcasing their quality and securing three important points at Estadio Gran Canaria.