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Real Madrid will aim to end their year in style and continue their recent renaissance when they host Granada in their penultimate match of 2020.
After the pessimism of the fall, Zinedine Zidane’s team has taken a resounding turn, winning its last four matches at the national level and its last five in all competitions.
In fact, Real have posted a maximum of 15 points since they were beaten 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on 12 December, the loss that represented the lowest point of their miserable streak.
Since then, he has conceded just two goals in five games, with Sevilla, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Atlético Madric, Athletic Bilbao and Eibar, all passed by the sword during an impressive December.
They are heading to their level of midweek games to points with Atlético, although they have played two games less than their rivals in the city and have a lower goal difference.
The pressure may be on Real when they host Granada, as The Meringues He could have been three points behind Atlético when they host Real Sociedad on Tuesday.
At the weekend, Real stood out at Eibar, going 3-1 without winners with Karim Benzema in imperious form.
The French striker opened the scoring in the sixth minute, after a good job by Rodrygo, and contributed two more assists, preparing Luka Modric and Lucas Vázquez to increase Real Madrid’s lead.
With Sergio Ramos back on defense alongside Raphael Varane, Real Madrid have more confidence behind, with Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal representing reliable options as a winger.
With Casemiro recovered from suspension, he took his place alongside Modric and the influential Toni Kroos, while Vázquez and Rodrygo enjoyed two of their strongest performances of the season flanking the lethal Benzema.
Zidane hopes to return to host some of his other attacking options for the visit to Granada; Vinicius can step to the side, on the left flank, as the French coach rotates his options, while he can also include Fede Valverde as Real seeks to negotiate the festive period.
Valverde stepped in when Casemiro was out, and it seems likely he will replace Modric, who missed training on Monday after developing a muscle problem in his left leg.
The Croatian midfielder will undergo tests on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury, and will be greatly missed should he, unsurprisingly, miss out, having played a key role in Real Madrid’s recent winning streak. .
The whites He might as well welcome Eden Hazard, at least for a spot on the bench, as the Belgium superstar looks to put his last injury misery behind him.
Things have not turned out well for the former Chelsea player since his arrival from the Premier League for a dazzling fee, and Zidane must manage his fitness with caution (helping him get back to a successful team will help), as the attacking midfielder hopes. get back to your best level.
A fully fit Hazard would represent a huge boost for Real as they look to retain their title as the former LOSC Lille hero could be the star of a strong start to 2021 – if he stays fit!
Isco continues to hesitate for the Granada game, while Granada have many problems of their own.
Key midfielder Maxime Gonalons is out on suspension, which could open the door for Ramon Azeez or Yan Brice Eteki, while Neyder Lozano and Angel Montoro are also absent.
Víctor Díaz, Fede Vico and Darwin Machis are all doubtful for the visitors.
Real are a big favorite to take all three points, despite Granda’s good start to the season.
Los Blancos won the last meeting between these two, five months ago, to extend their winning streak in this match to 10 matches. On average they have scored 3.4 goals per game throughout this career, so expect goals when the Nasrid arrive in the capital on Wednesday.
Granada have never won at the Bernabéu, and it would be a great surprise if Diego Martínez could score the maximum points in a game in which even a draw would represent an exceptional result.
Benzema seems poised to be key once again; They have an excellent record against Granada, having scored 12 in their last 14 games against the visitors.
He has scored eight and contributed two assists in his last home games against him Rojiblancos, and will seek to punish them again.