Real Madrid will try to reach the top of the table as they face Getafe on Sunday. Los Blancos sit now second if La Liga, with the same points than Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, but with a worse goal difference than the Azulgranas. Earning an emphatic victory or seeing Barca drop points would give them the first spot.
Their visit to Getafe shouldn’t be a tough test for Los Merengues, as the Southern-Madrid team are struggling this season, sitting 13th in the table, only four points clear from the relegation zone.
Carlo Ancelotti will only miss Cristiano Ronaldo, who will sits out the second match of his three-game ban after being sent off against Athletic Bilbao. Sami Khedira is also still in the sidelines, as he continues with his injury recovering process.
Raphael Varane could be back to the line-up again after starting for the first time in 2014 last Tuesday against Atletico Madrid. However, since Los Blancos won’t have to play next week in the Champions League, Ancelotti could line-up his usual defence, with Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Carvajal.
Jese will seek to extend his good state of shape, playing in the left wing as Ronaldo’s substitute. The youngster has scored four goals in the last five matches.
Getafe picked up their last victory this season on November 29th against Levante. Since then, they’ve only earned two points in the last eight games. It won’t be the best day for Luis Garcia men to start their recovery, as they face the best team of 2014. Moreover, since all the left-backs in the squads are injured and Garcial will have to line-up a player from the reserve team to defend Gareth Bale.
Getafe: Moya; Valera, Lisandro, Alexis, Vigaray; Borja, Michel; Leon, Castro, Lafita; Marica.
Real Madrid: Lopez; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Alonso, Di Maria; Bale, Benzema, Jese.