Real Madrid welcome Malaga to the Bernabeu this weekend as they look to gain momentum after a disappointing start to their La Liga title defence.
Barcelona are seemingly running away with the league title, as they have done in the past, so Madrid will need to make a statement of intent with a convincing performance against Malaga.
However, their opponents will not go down easily as they are fresh off an impressive victory over Deportivo La Coruna and are eager to upset the hosts.
3. Isco vs Adrian Gonzales
One player to watch in this clash will be former Malaga man Isco, who will look to cause many problems for the defence of Malaga. The Spaniard has been in great form for Madrid and has been a source of creativity in the very underwhelming Los Blancos side.
Real Madrid youth product Adrian Gonzales will be another attacking midfielder looking to make an impact.
Malaga signed the 29-year-old in the summer from Elche and he has brought a spark to the side, which is something they will need if they are to score against Madrid, who have kept two consecutive clean sheets.
2. Dani Carvajal vs Chory Castro
Chory Castro is fresh off a great performance in Malaga’s 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna, where he assisted the first goal and scored the second before Borja Baston won the game for the home side late on.
Dani Carvajal had been one of Real’s most consistent performers before a career threatening heart condition kept him sidelined for multiple games. However, the Spaniard has made a swift recovery and has regained his spot in the team.
Carvajal now has the chance to establish himself in the Madrid side by keeping in-form Castro quiet during the clash.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo vs Luis Hernandez
Ronaldo has had a horrific start to to the La Liga campaign, putting up historically bad numbers while Real Madrid are now 10 points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
The Portuguese forward has managed just one La Liga goal and will be keen to get his name on the scoresheet in the wake of his poor start to the campaign.
With that being said, the pressure will be on centre-back Lucas Hernandez to keep the Galactico at bay. Hernandez will be chasing the 32-year-old around the pitch and ensuring that he is starved of service on the ground and in the air.
The battle between the two men will be important in Malaga keeping a clean sheet and frustrating the Madrid side.