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Match Preview – Real Madrid host Getafe

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Real Madrid VS Getafe – Madrid set to begin life in the La Liga without Ronaldo since 2009

Real Madrid begin life in the La Liga without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane when they welcome Getafe to the Santiago Bernabeu in their first league fixture of the 2018/19 season under Julen Lopetegui.

Real are expected to emerge unscathed with all 3 points from this fixture, and hopefully, it materializes.

The Los Blancos are coming off the back of a 4:2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup and will be very eager to return to winning ways with this game.

This is a local derby and Los Blancos will be keen to put the ghost of the last derby defeat behind them.

Real Madrid vs Getafe will be the first in a list of local derbies for Los Blancos this season as there are five teams from the Madrid region participating in the La Liga this term for the first time ever.

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The likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale who have been saddled with the goal scoring responsibility after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to hit the ground running in this fixture.

Luka Modric could be handed a start in this game after coming off the bench in the 4:2 defeat to Atletico Madrid. Casemiro was taken off injured in the Super Cup game and might miss the game.

Meanwhile, there might be some piece of good news for Madrid as Getafe will be without their combative midfielder Markel Bergara who sustained an injury this week.

The attacking line will likely see Benzema leading, with the likes of Asensio, Bale, and Isco pairing up with him. Real Madrid have 9 consecutive wins against Getafe and have scored 35 goals in the process.

However, there might be a challenge as Ronaldo scored the bulk of the goals against Getafe in his time at the club with 23. Therefore, Madrid will need the inspiration for goals from elsewhere.

There may not be many goals in the game as Real’s opening fixtures have a high probability of ending up as low scoring affairs.

Regardless, all 3 points will be welcome from Julen Lopetegui’s competitive debut league game at the Santiago Bernabeu.


Real Madrid XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos; Asensio, Bale, Isco; Benzema