Carlo Ancelotti takes his Real Madrid side to La Rosaleda this evening in search of the side’s 16th win in a row.
Three points would ensure the current side go into the history books, surpassing the number of wins achieved by Miguel Munoz’ team in 1961 and Jose Mourinho’s in 2011. But the most important aim for Los Blancos this evening is to increase the pressure on Barcelona and Atletico in the race for La Liga.
A victory for Los Blancos would put daylight between them and their two main rivals, who play 24 hours later against Valencia and Deportivo respectively.
In terms of team news, Toni Kroos looks set to start despite his admission he is feeling tired having played a lot of matches this year without having a long break in the summer. Sami Khedira isn’t fit yet, but Ancelotti says Kroos will be rested next week.
Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo should come back into the side having sat out the win over Basel in the Champions League.
The hosts are having a superb season and are unbeaten at home, but will be missing a few key men tonight. Juanmi and Amrabat, Malaga’s biggest threats going forward miss out, along with Camaco – who made his Spain debut last week.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Isco, James; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.