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Real Madrid v Málaga: LaLiga action returns to the Santiago Bernabéu

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NEWS | 25/11/2017

After securing their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, the Whites are back in action on home soil 20 days on from their last outing (4:15pm CET).
Today sees LaLiga action return to the Santiago Bernabéu. Twenty days on from their last home game, which ended in a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas, Real Madrid are back on home soil. The Bernabéu is set to take centre stage in the coming weeks and will play host to four of the side's five matches prior to the Club World Cup. The first of these encounters is this afternoon's Matchday 13 meeting with Málaga

The Whites will be looking to overcome the Andalusian outfit and cut the gap at the summit, with Valencia and Barcelona facing off tomorrow. Tuesday's performance in Cyprus is the sort of display the team must look to reproduce. The side secured their passage into the Champions League round of 16 on a night when they displayed all of their attacking prowess and looked solid defensively. Indeed, the game against APOEL saw Madrid record a third straight clean sheet, bringing the total for the season up to nine.

REAL MADRID HAVE WON EACH OF THEIR LAST THREE LALIGA HOME GAMES WITHOUT CONCEDING.

Speaking in the build-up, Zinedine Zidane warned, "We know that it'll be another tough game and that we'll have to perform really well". The Whites' boss has named a 19-man squad for the game, with Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic returning to the fold after having recovered from their injuries. After being the standout performers in the emphatic win in Nicosia, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema will be eager to reproduce that form against Málaga, a team that the duo have found the net against a combined total of 23 times in LaLiga.

The 33rd LaLiga crown
After suffering some poor results at the start of the campaign, Málaga have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes after emerging victorious in two of their last three outings. Míchel's men have seven points to their name and are in need of a good result at the Bernabéu to haul themselves up the standings. "The team is showing that we're still in this and that our enthusiasm remains intact", insisted the visitors' boss in the run-up to the game. As far as the sides' previous clashes go, it's Real Madrid who have the upper hand. The Whites are riding a nine-game unbeaten streak against Málaga and secured the LaLiga title at La Rosaleda in the teams' last meeting.

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