NEWS STORY. 21/10/2021. Edu Bueno
Another big night is in store for Real Madrid with two matches at the WiZink Center, first against Fenerbahçe and then versus Gran Canaria. This evening, the Whites welcome Djordjevic’s side in Round four of the EuroLeague, in what will be a stern test for Pablo Laso’s charges as they look to maintain their unbeaten run at home, where they have racked up six wins so far this campaign, half of which coming in the European competition. The Turks, meanwhile, will be looking to pick up their first win on the road on a court where Madrid has claimed victory on the last six occasions.
Real Madrid goes into the EuroLeague round of fixtures in fine form after an impressive run of results last week, when the team won all three of its games – including both European clashes against Monaco and Panathinaikos at the WiZink Center, where the side is yet to taste defeat. The madridistas won the three matchups by an average of 15.3 points and the last victory against Panathinaikos, saw the side pull 23 points clear. Fenerbahçe has failed to win away from home so far, after defeats at Panathinaikos and Alba Berlin, but will take confidence from the 39-point victory over Unics Kazan in Turkey.
Video.Real Madrid-Fenerbahçe: all out to extend unbeaten run at the WiZink Center
Madrid will have to be at its best to defeat an in-form Fenerbahçe side, who will be vying to make it into the Final Four this season. The club, with former madridista Djordjevic on the sidelines, has strengthened its squad with the signings of proven players like Henry and Polonara from Baskonia, and center Booker. The three new additions provide the squad with great depth and vast quality along with the likes of De Colo, Vesely, Pierre, Guduric and Barthel. Both sides have been solid in defence, particularly the visitors, conceding 68.2 points compared to Madrid's 73.5. But in attack, Laso's troops average almost nine points more than the Turks. They are also two of the best sides in 2-point percentages. Tavares and Yabusele (13.5 points apiece), command the team's attack (83), with Heurtel the top assist provider in the competition (5.5). Llull will be unavailable after sustaining a heavy blow to his shoulder.
Madrid on fine run
This will be the thirtieth meeting between these two fierce rivals, with Real Madrid emerging victorious on 20 occasions, currently on a streak of six consecutive wins. Laso's men are proving tough to beat at home with a 10-2 record. This evening, Madrid will try to extend its fine run against the Turks and claim an important victory before next week's double-header in Russia.