LaLiga is back after the international break, and week 8 sees Real Madrid make the short trip to the south of the Spanish capital to face neighbours Getafe.
José Bordalás’ newly-promoted Getafe side have made a very respectable start to life back in the top tier, winning two, drawing two and losing three to sit 12th .
The highlight of their Primera return thus far came in their most recent home match, when Villarreal visited the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez – and were walloped 4-0 thanks to two goals by Ángel Rodríguez and one each from Jorge Molina and Mikel Bergara.
However, Los Azulones, for whom Gaku Shibasaki, Nicolás Gorosito, Abdoul Karim Yoda and Dani Pacheco all remain out, were beaten 2-1 at Deportivo La Coruña in their last league outing, and now host a team they have lost to in their last seven meetings, conceding a total of 30 goals on the way: an average of just over four a game.
Despite Getafe’s less than encouraging recent record against Real Madrid, Bordalás told his pre-match press conference: “The word ‘impossible’ isn’t in our vocabulary. Real are a top side, but any team can be surprised.”
Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his 100th game since being named Real Madrid coach in January 2016 – a tenure that so far has yielded one LaLiga, two Champions Leagues, one Spanish Super Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and a Club World Cup.
Speaking on Friday , Zidane chose last season’s Spanish league title as his finest hour as Real boss so far, explaining: “It’s all about consistency, it’s very tough, and it doesn’t get much better than winning that.”
But it’s a feat that Los Blancos already face an uphill battle to repeat, having made a stuttering start to their title defence that has seen them
draw with Valencia and Levante, and lose to Real Betis – leaving them seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona .
However, all three of those slip-ups came at the Bernabéu; their away form, by contrast, has been flawless – three victories from three – and now they head to a ground at which they’ve won on six of their last seven LaLiga visits.
Keylor Navas misses out after coming back from Costa Rica duty with a muscle injury, while Mateo Kovacic, Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale remain unavailable.
Karim Benzema, Marcelo and Theo Hernández have all returned to fitness after lay-offs, however, while Toni Kroos is over a rib issue that saw him sit out Germany’s game against Azerbaijan on Sunday.