Montakit Fuenlabrada - Real Madrid

Real Madrid v Fuenlabrada: second half of league season gets under way

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NEWS | 27/01/2019 | Edu Bueno

The Whites host opponents they have downed in each of their last 14 visits to the Palacio (12:30pm CET).
Real Madrid faces its last game of January as the team enters the business end of the Regular Season. The madridistas square off against Montakit Fuenlabrada, who they downed by 15 points in the first half of the campaign (80-95) and against whom they have a favourable head-to-head record at the WiZink Center following 14 straight wins dating back to the 2005/06 season. 

This match-up marks the second of two games in a week at the Palacio. Following the triumph over Anadolu Efes (92-84), the Whites now face another demanding test in the league. It's a tricky game because Fuenlabrada needs the points (the guests lie a point above the drop zone, but also just three off the playoffs) and simply must snap a poor run of results that has seen it lose five of the last six contests. What's more, in the space of the past five days, the team has found itself out of the reckoning in the Copa del Rey and the Basketball Champions League. Both teams were in midweek action and how the two teams manage the fatigue factor will be important.

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Real Madrid has an advantage in this regard. The strength in depth of its roster is amazing and Carroll returned to action in the side's latest EuroLeague match. Meanwhile, Reyes has the chance to draw level with Creus (778 matches) as the leading appearance-maker in Endesa League and National League history. The Whites are the division's most valued team and its offense, which is the highest scoring (88.4 points on average; 92.5 at home), will be looking to making all the difference against the league's worst defense, which allows an average of 85.5 points.

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Néstor García's team has good players in all positions. Popovic is the talisma and alongside Cruz, Marc García, Bellas and Akognon they make up a dangerous force from the perimeter. On the inside, the Whites will have to cope with the guests' height and versatility on the inside, where Clark and Kravtsov are the leading lights. The European champions will be keen to begin the second half of the season by recording a 14th victory of the campaign.