Real Madrid traveled to face Eibar in yet another tricky La Liga game on Saturday lunch time kickoff at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. But unlike the previous couple of weeks, Madrid looked in control in this game and they found themselves three goals up by halftime thanks to a well taken brace by Karim Benzema and a rare goal from James Rodriguez to put Madrid in cruise control.
Eibar 1-4 Real Madrid Highlights
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14′ 0 – 1 Karim Benzema scores inside first 15 minutes to put Real Madrid 1-0 in lead.
25′ 0 – 2 Karim Benzema was on target again doubling Real Madrd’s lead on the day.
30′ 0 – 3 James Rodriguez scored a rare goal to pretty much settle the game and put Madrid in cruise control.
60′ 0 – 4 Marco Asensio
Match Preview: Real Madrid has had difficult couple of months where they lost against Valencia, got lucky against Villarreal and Las Palmas but dropping 5 points in last three La Liga games have allowed Barcelona to make their way back into the title race. Saturday La Liga action starts with Barcelona leading at with 57 points in 26 games while Madrid are second with 56 points off 25 matches. Sevilla are also on 55 points making it a three horse race from now to end of the season.
Real Madrid 1-1 Eibar – 02 October 2016
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06′ 0 – 1 Fran Rico scored inside first five minutes to put Eibar in surprise league.
18′ 1 – 1 Gareth Bale scored in 18th minute to make it 1-1 as Real Madrid started to get the grip on game.
Real Madrid has been the most in from team at home having won 13 of the 16 home games so far and their only two defeats came in the hands of Atletico and Barcelona. Eibar on the other hand has only won three games away from home and that makes Real Madrid heavy favourites for the weekend clash even with their second string side.
Team News & Lineups: I expect Real madrid to go with several second string players as Zidane will have his one eye in the midweek clash against Wolfsburg. Lucas, Jese, Rodriguez and Isco might be given starts while Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are sure to be rested. At the back Sergio Ramos is suspended which means Rafael Varane will play alongside Pepe and Dani Carvajal is expected to start at right back.
Real Madrid has meet Eibar in the spanish top division only three times and they won all of those fixtures. In the earlier league game between the two Madrid ran out comfortable 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Ronaldo and Bale. I expect a under strength Real Madrid side to get yet another home win.