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10* Real Madrid (3:00 ET): Compared to the other three “big” European leagues (EPL, Bundesliga, Serie A), first place in La Liga is very much up for grabs. Atletico Madrid has led most of the way, thanks to a dominant start to the campaign. But they’ve been far less dominant over the last couple months and that has opened the door for both Real Madrid and Barcelona to inch closer to the top. Real Madrid will be looking to make it five straight victories here in the Spanish top flight as they pay a visit to Getafe on Sunday. This should be an easy three points and by the end of the day, Los Blancos could find itself first in the table.
Now Real Madrid is not at full strength here (injuries and suspensions) and must avoid a hangover from their advancement to the Champions League semi finals. Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool was enough to get by on aggregate as Los Blancos took the first leg, 3-1. In between the two legs, they picked up another significant win, 2-1 over rival Barca in El Clasico. Prior to the goalless draw at Anfield on Wednesday, Real Madrid had won six straight across all competitions.
While Getafe has been a much tougher “out” at home as opposed to their travels this season, they have not beaten Real Madrid in La Liga action since 2008! Furthermore, they haven’t even scored a single goal in any of the last three fixtures. This season’s reverse ended up 2-0. Entering Sunday, Getafe sits 15th in the table and is only four points clear of the relegation zone. While a win (or even a draw) would do them wonders, I just don’t see it as they are simply not in the same class as the second place side (and now Champions League semi finalists). 10* Real Madrid