Real Madrid will look to maintain their unbeaten start to La Liga when they welcome newly-promoted Cadiz to the Bernabeu on Saturday at 5:30pm.
Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius.
Cadiz XI: Ledesma; Akapo, Cala, Fali, Espino; Fernandez, Mari, Jonsson, Sanchez; Negredo, Lozano.
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Real Madrid vs Cadiz build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups:
Zinedine Zidane’s side have started the new campaign in much the same way they finished the last, currently top of the table after four games following up an opening draw against Real Sociedad with three straight wins.
For Cadiz, their return to La Liga after a 14-year absence has been one to cheer about so far. The Andalusian club are sitting a respectable ninth in the table with two wins and a draw from their opening five games, including back-to-back clean sheets away from home.
Los Blancos should pose a more ominous threat, though, as history would suggest. The hosts have lost just once in their last 21 meetings with Cadiz and are unbeaten in 12 La Liga home games against them, but El Submarino Amarillo will take inspiration from their form on the road this term.
- Real Madrid (vs Levante): Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Valverde; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius.
- Cadiz (vs Granada): Ledesma; Carcelen, Marcos Mauro, Cala, Espino; Sanchez, Mari, Jonsson, Pombo; Lozano, Alex.
Eden Hazard is not expected back until the end of this month after picking up a muscle injury, while Alvaro Odriozola, Eder Militao and Mariano Diaz are all also out. Dani Carvajal remains sidelined until early December at the latest
Players to watch:
- Real Madrid: With Hazard still on the treatment table there is a window of opportunity for some of Real’s attacking wide players to make an impact in the Belgian’s absence, and give Zidane food for thought when he returns from injury. One player who has so far capitalised on Hazard’s untimely injury is Vinicius Junior. The Brazilian ace has netted in back-to-back games for Real, bagging the winner against Valladolid and opening the scoring in the 2-0 win over Levante. By doing so he has scored in successive matches for the first time at Real, and he will be hoping to continue that good form this weekend.
- Cadiz: To combat the dominance of Real, Cadiz will need to operate methodically and look to unsettle the opposition when they hog the ball. The visitors have recorded the lowest possession in La Liga this season (34.3%), and that pattern of play will likely continue against a side who currently has the third highest (60%). This could be where Choco Lozano plays a key role. The Honduran has committed more fouls in La Liga this season (11) without receiving a booking than any other player. That sort of off-the-ball skulduggery could work to stifle the rhythm of Los Blancos and disrupt their play.