Real Madrid vs Las Palmas
La Liga, 2015
Date: 31st October, 2015
Kick Off: 3pm BST
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
Live Stream: fuboTV
League leaders Real Madrid welcome the newly promoted Las Palmas to Santiago Bernabeu this weekend. Rafa Benitez’s side have made a solid start to the season and are unbeaten in all competitions.
The Los Blancos are ahead of fierce rivals Barcelona on goal difference and will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table with a comfortable win against Las Palmas.
Top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has 12 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions this season and will be looking to add to his tally against one of the worst defensive sides in the division.
Although the Real Madrid superstar has failed to replicate his unstoppable form from last season, the Portuguese forward has been very effective and will be key for the Los Blancos.
Elsewhere, Las Palmas seem to be enjoying their promotion to La Liga. After 13 years away from the Spanish top division, the Spanish outfit are looking to avoid relegation.
After 5 defeats in their opening 9 games, Las Palmas have already changed managers and are looking for an upset on Saturday.
Their 2-0 win against Sevilla at home raised eyebrows. Furthermore, their fighting spirit was evident in their draw against Celta Vigo where they fought back from 3-1 down with just 10 men.
Despite the number of goals they have conceded, Las Palmas have been efficient against the top sides and managed to frustrated Atletico Madrid and Barcelona earlier.
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Real Madrid vs Las Palmas: Team News
Rafa Benitez will be delighted to welcome back the Colombian attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, who returned to training in the midweek. First choice striker Karim Benzema has also been absent from their side’s most recent matches and is expected to return against Las Palmas.
The Los Blancos are also set to welcome defender Pepe back into the squad, but Gareth Bale remains out with a calf injury that he aggravated on international duty.
Bayern Munich target Dani Carvajal is also a doubt with an ankle injury, while Alvaro Arbeloa has picked up a knock.
As for Las Palmas, Antolin Alcaraz has been carrying a calf problem, but will hand his manager Quique Setien a welcome boost after returning to training earlier this week.
Real Madrid vs Las Palmas: Starting Lineups
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Casilla; Danilo, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Jese, Ronaldo, Benzema
Las Palmas possible starting lineup: Varas, Garrido, Artiles, Bigas, Simon, El Zhar, Vicente Gomez, Mesa, Araujo, Viera, Tana
Real Madrid vs Las Palmas: Key Stats
Since 2000 Real Madrid have met Las Palmas on just four occasions and the Los Blancos ran out victors in three of those four matches, but Las Palmas did stun the La Liga giants in front of their own fans in October 2001, winning by a 4-2 scoreline.
Real Madrid have netted 15 goals during the four matches against Las Palmas, including seven in their last meeting.