La Liga holders Real Madrid host last season’s Segunda winners Huesca in weekend action. Los Blancos have taken maximum points from four of their first six fixtures, while the visitors have only lost two games but sit in the bottom three. Los Azulgranas bounced back at the first opportunity after suffering relegation in 2018-19.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid – 31 October, kick-off 13:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Huesca: LaLigaTV
Last time: Isco, Dani Ceballos and Karim Benzema were all on the scoresheet during the five-goal thriller in March 2019.
Real Madrid v Huesca Predictions and Preview
Real relieved the pressure on boss Zinedine Zidane in the best way possible. The under-fire Frenchman has overseen shock defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk but the 3-1 triumph over Barcelona has lifted everyone in camp.
Zidane would have no shortage of admirers if he left his post for a second time and is reportedly top of PSG’s list to replace Thomas Tuchel. The former Borussia Dortmund manager has cut a frustrated figure since the start of the new campaign and lambasted his club’s lack of reinforcements in the off-season.
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The starting eleven largely picks itself but there is a selection dilemma in midfield for the World Cup winner. Federico Valverde netted during El Clasico, while the colleague he deputised for, Luka Modric, came off the bench to also register.
The Montevideo native’s versatility has impressed Zidane and Manchester United and Bayern Munich are big admirers of the youngster. Valverde has been linked in a swap deal with Paul Pogba but won’t be going anywhere while Zidane is in the dugout. Valverde is 6/1 to bag anytime and could displace Toni Kroos from the line-up.
Further forward, Benzema is 10/3 to break the deadlock and a 30-goal tally will be the number 9’s objective for the year. In a further boost for Zidane, Eden Hazard is finally available for selection after recovering from his latest injury. The Belgian skipper may have won La Liga in his first season at Madrid, but has yet to showcase the form that secured him a big money move.
Nevertheless, the winger’s ability has never been in doubt and the ex-Chelsea fan favourite is 11/2 to score last. The hosts are 3/10 to emerge victorious on Saturday afternoon. Travelling party Huesca are 9/1 to pull off a shock result and a tie is 9/2. Shinji Okazaki, a title winner with Leicester City, averaged one in three last campaign.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos is a centre-half by trade, but is also a huge threat at the other end of the pitch. The Blancos legend is 15/2 to open proceedings.
One to watch for Huesca: Barcelona youth graduate Sandro Ramirez was on loan at three different sides over the last 24 months before arriving in north-eastern Spain on a free transfer. The big attacker struck on debut and is 11/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Huesca have picked up credible draws with Atletico Madrid and Valencia and are well organised. The big problem for Los Azulgranas has been putting the ball in the back of the net but Michel will hope Ramirez can be the answer to the promoted outfit’s woes. Expect Real to approach the contest with caution, but after the 1-0 loss with Cadiz, not to slip up twice. A 4-0 success is 14/1.