Real Madrid vs Las Palmas preview: Los Blancos to consolidate top position

Real Madrid vs Las Palmas preview: Los Blancos to consolidate top position


Real Madrid will look to consolidate their top position in La Liga as they host bottom-of-the-table team Las Palmas.

Rafa Benitez has not recovered James Rodriguez on time. The Colombian has trained normally the last few days, but the doctors have seen wise to give him a few days more of rest.

On the other hand, Pepe will make his return after spending a few weeks on the sidelines. Benitez will most likely line-up the Portuguese centre-back and give Sergio Ramos some rest, as the Spaniard has played the last games with painkilling injections and will not make it in the squad. Nacho is also a candidate to replace him.

Gareth Bale, Daniel Carvajal and Karim Benzema are also a loss for the game, as they are ending their recovery process and Benitez doesn’t want to risk them.

Yet, the major loss for Los Blancos will be Keylor Navas, who has been the best player of the team so far this season. The Costa Rica international is suffering from muscle fatigue and will be replaced by Kiko Casilla.

Las Palmas also have important losses, those of defenders Antolin Alcaraz and midfielder Javi Castellano. However, they will try to put Real in trouble, just like they did at Barcelona’s stadium, when they played a great game and were close to savaging a point.

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Vazquez, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Jese, Ronaldo.

Las Palmas: Varas; Simon, Aythami, Bigas, Garrido; El Zhar, Roque Mesa, Tana, Gomez; Viera, Araujo.