Real Madrid will look to go back to winning ways in Spain’s top division when they return to action against Cadiz on Saturday night.
Last weekend, Cadiz secured a significant win against Real Betis, a top-four contender, which helped boost their morale. The match saw Ruben Alcaraz break the deadlock with a penalty kick in the 53rd minute, followed by Chris Ramos doubling the lead six minutes later.
This win has helped the Yellow Submarine climb up to the 14th position on the La Liga table, with a four-point cushion from the relegation zone. As they head into the next game, they will be looking to continue their momentum and secure their eighth victory.
However, Sergio Gonzalez’s side has struggled to perform at home this season, with the third-worst home record in the league, only managing to accumulate 18 points from 14 matches. Nonetheless, they held their own against Real Madrid in a 1-1 draw during the corresponding fixture last season.
Cadiz La Liga Form: D D D L W
Real Madrid is heading into their upcoming match against Cadiz following a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday night.
However, despite their recent success in Europe, it’s unlikely that they can make a comeback in the La Liga title race, as they are currently trailing 13 points behind the leaders Barcelona, who have accumulated 72 points from their 28 games.
Although Los Blancos are holding on to their second position on the league table, their recent form has been unconvincing. They suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Villarreal last weekend, which has left them just two points ahead of third-placed Atletico Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side has managed to win only two of their last six league matches, which has seen them lose ground in the title race.
Real Madrid La Liga Form: D W L W L
Goalkeeper Jeremias Ledesma will not be available for selection as he is serving a suspension.
Cadiz will again be without Gonzalo Escalante and Brian Ocampo as they recover from their injuries.
Moreover, due to fitness concerns, Juan Cala, Jon Ander Garrido, and Joseba Zaldua remain doubtful about the match.
Real Madrid has been relatively lucky with injuries, as they only have one first-team player currently sidelined due to a calf problem keeping Ferland Mendy out of the squad.
Cadiz’s expected starting lineup:
Gil; Carcelen, Hernandez, Fali, Espino; Bongonda, Fede, Alcaraz, Sobrino; Guardiola, Ramos
Real Madrid’s expected starting lineup:
Courtois; Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Nacho; Tchouameni, Camavinga, Ceballos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Benzema
Head to Head
Cadiz and Real Madrid have faced each other 34 times in all competitions since 1977.
Real Madrid has been the more successful in these encounters, as they have secured 24 victories compared to Cadiz’s four. The remaining six games have ended in draws.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Saturday, April 15
Time: 08:00 pm, BST
Venue: Nuevo Mirandilla, Cadiz
With Cadiz having played fewer games than Real Madrid recently, they will have had more time to rest and recover ahead of Saturday’s match. Additionally, Real Madrid may opt to rest some of their key players due to their midweek Champions League game against Chelsea.
Despite these factors, Real Madrid will still have enough quality to secure a victory over Cadiz.