NEWS | 20/09/2017 | Borja MirandaZidane's charges return to the Santiago Bernabéu following on from their excellent win at Anoeta.
Three days on from the away triumph over Real Sociedad, Real Madrid are back in action tonight at the Santiago Bernabéu in Matchday 5 of the LaLiga campaign. The Whites, whose confidence will have been boosted by the victory at Anoeta, play host to a Betis side that has failed to pick up any points on the road so far this term (10pm CEST).
Having served his suspension, the major piece of news in the squad list named by Zinedine Zidane involves the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Whites' boss confirmed that the Portuguese forward is back in the fray for this game: "We're pleased to welcome him back. His stats speak for themselves. There's virtually no other player on the planet who scores as many goals and such important ones".
This encounter presents Real Madrid with the opportunity to surpass the 73-game scoring run set by Pelé's Santos side after their goalscoring exploits between 1961 and 1963. The madridistas equalled this record on Sunday at Anoeta, where Gareth Bale showcased all of his pace to put the game beyond the reach of the home side, who had enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season.
Betis head to the Santiago Bernabéu with two wins and defeats apiece to their name so far this campaign. Quique Setién is the man in charge of the Sevillian outfit, who claimed a home victory over Deportivo La Coruña last weekend, but have failed to put any points on the board on their travels, having succumbed at the Camp Nou and away to Villarreal. Sergio León and Joaquín, with two goals each, currently top the visitors' scoring charts.
Real Madrid are riding a seven-game unbeaten run in fixtures against Betis at the Santiago Bernabéu. This streak started back in the 2007/08 campaign and was extended last season, thanks to goals from none other than Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos, whose strikes in this, the sides' last meeting saw the madridistas come from behind after the visitors had taken the lead.