Massive game for the hosts in the final game of the season as Leganes welcome champions Real Madrid. We preview this tie that could see Leganes either leapfrog Celta Vigo or suffer relegation to the Segunda Division.
Who is playing?
Leganes vs Real Madrid
What competition is it?
La Liga Santander Matchweek 38
What time is Leganes vs Real Madrid?
20:00 BST, Sunday 19th July 2020
Where do Leganes play?
Estadio Municipal de Butarque, Leganes, Spain
Where can I watch Leganes vs Real Madrid?
No UK Channels
Thoughts on Leganes vs Real Madrid
This is a much more significant game than you think. Real Madrid may have wrapped up the title on Thursday, but survival is very much at stake for the hosts.
Leganes must win this match AND hope Celta Vigo cannot win at Espanyol to remain in La Liga. Having already lost Youssef En-Nesyri in January to Sevilla, they have had some misfortune with the powers that be this season. It highlighted the ongoing issue of leagues and organisations favouring the bigger teams. Barcelona had snatched Leganes forward Martin Braithwaite from their grasp in March after La Liga granted the Catalonian giants an emergency loan move. But when Leganes requested an emergency loan to replace his six goals, they were denied.
It would be karma on Barca and La Liga’s part if Leganes could stay up having seen Barca fail to secure this year’s title. But that challenge is immense as they welcome the team who surpassed them to the trophy in Real Madrid. They are unbeaten since the restart and perhaps want to end the season as strongly as possible before Champions League action next month. A hungover Real Madrid side who have to travel and prepare for an away match 72 hours later could be the advantage Leganes will yield.
Great escape is still on for Leganes!
It all comes down to the final game of the season for Leganes. Only one relegation spot remains after Mallorca and Espanyol suffered official relegation status in 19th and 20th. The other team in the position for Leganes to potential send down is Celta Vigo. Leganes sit in 18th on 35 points and a -21 goal difference. Celta Vigo however have 36 points and -12 goal difference. Having won just twice since the turn of the year, Leganes entered the restart period in very poor form.
This form carried over into the league resumption as they failed to secure a win in six games back. In fact, the hosts had a 15% league win ratio with five wins from 33 La Liga games between August and June. A resurgence however has seen Los Pepineros pick up 10 points from a possible 12. A win here could see them leapfrog Celta Vigo into safety, but Celta play the already-relegated Espanyol who have lost their last eight consecutive games.
Hungry or hungover Real Madrid?
Real Madrid have won the title. It wraps the league up at the top of the table, and it is just a case of seeing out this last game. We have seen a lot of teams down the years struggle to compete in their following game after winning the league. However, this side is unbeaten since returning and will not want to go into their Champions League second leg tie against Manchester City off the back of a defeat.
This is a side that has only 3 games all season and have kept clean sheets in 51% of league games. Whilst they have only failed to score in 16% of La Liga games this season, they have seen both teams score in 16 of their 37 matches, including their last two matches. There has been at least one goal scored or conceded in nine of their last 10 second halves of league matches. Los Blancos have scored first in every match since the restart, and in 27 of their 37 games this season (73%).
Leganes recent matches:
- Athletic Bilbao (a) 0-2 win
- Valencia (h) 1-o win
- Eibar (a) 0-0 draw
- Espanyol (a) 0-1 win
- Sevilla (h) 0-3 defeat
Real Madrid recent matches:
- Villarreal (h) 2-1 win
- Granada (a) 1-2 win
- Alaves (h) 2-0 win
- Athletic Bilbao (a) 0-1 win
- Getafe (h) 1-0 win
Real Madrid top contributors:
- Karim Benzema (Forward): 29 La Liga goal contributions (21 goals + 8 assists) – The Frenchman has had one of his best seasons in a Real Madrid shirt. He is likely to miss out as the La Liga top scorer to none other than Lionel Messi.
- Sergio Ramos (Defender): 10 La Liga goal contributions (10 goals) – Zinedine Zidane could not help but heap the praise on the centre back who, despite his controversy, is no doubt a serial winner and the key to this side. To be the second highest scorer as a defender at a club like Real Madrid, regardless of how they come, is still very impressive.
Leganes top contributors:
- Oscar Rodriguez (Midfielder): 11 La Liga goal contributions (9 goals + 2 assists) – The midfielder is the top scorer at the club that has had its front line snatched away earlier this season. Unfortunately for the hosts, he could still be out injured, having missed several games.
- Kevin Rodrigues (Midfielder): 3 La Liga goal contributions (1 goal + 2 assists) – It is crazy and no, we have missed no one out who is still at the club. It really is true that all other remaining players at the club have only a single league goal to their name. Braithwaite had six before Barca snatched him and El Nesyri had four before Sevilla bought out his clause. Just like Oscar, Kevin Rodrigues is also injured. How is your luck?
|30th October 2019||RMA 5-0 LEG||La Liga|
|15th April 2019||LEG 1-1 RMA||La Liga|
|16th January 2019||LEG 1-0 RMA||Copa del Rey|
|9th January 2019||VIL 2-2 RMA||Copa del Rey|
|1st September 2018||RMA 4-1 LEG||La Liga|
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