In the midst of an incredible 10-match winning run, Real Madrid host Cádiz this evening at the Santiago Bernabéu on LaLiga matchday 18 (9:00pm CET). Following last week's meetings with Inter and Atlético, this will be our team's third home game on the bounce, and their final outing in front of their fans this year.
The squad will be hoping they can spread some holiday cheer among the home support with another win as they look to maintain their advantage at the top of the table. If they're to do so, they will need to keep up their impressive defensive displays which have been feature throughout December, Courtois keeping clean sheets in all four games this month so far.
Video.Final game of the year at the Santiago Bernabéu
“We have a squad that can cope with the absentees”, said Ancelotti in the pre-match press conference. The Italian coach will be without the group of players who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, Karim Benzema, with 18 goals so far this season and celebrating his 34th birthday today, will be in the squad. Ceballos is also back in contention.
Cádiz arrive at the Bernabéu having knocked Albacete out of the Copa del Rey to clinch a place in the Round of 32. The team led by Álvaro Cervera have failed to win any of their last four LaLiga games and lie 18th in the table. With five goals to date, Lozano is the Andalusian side's leading marksman in the competition.