Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and left-back Marcelo will join Eden Hazardas the notable absences from Zinedine Zidane’s squad at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane needs a good performance from his team following last week’s 2-1 defeat away to Real Betis, a result that was enough to ensure Barcelona ended the week in top spot.
The title will be far from Eibar’s thoughts, though, with Jose Luis Mendilibar’s team still wary of the threat of relegation. They are just two points above the bottom three following Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Real Sociedad.
Eibar are struggling for form, but in 35-year-old Charles, Mendilibar has a striker prolific enough to cause Madrid a few problems. The same goes for playmaker Fabian Orellana, whose vision and technique should keep him supplied with chances.
If the game goes ahead, it will be played behind closed doors because of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Yet, La Liga officials will meet with the Spanish football federation (RFEF) and the AFE players’ union on Thursday to discuss the potential suspension of matches in the top two divisions, per Marca‘s Jose Felix Diaz and Euan McTear.
Date: Friday, March 13
Time: 8 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. ET
TV Info: LaLigaTV, beIN Sports
Live Stream: PremierPlayer.tv, beIN Sports Connect.
- Real Madrid: -430 (bet $430 to win $100)
- Eibar: +1100 (bet $100 to win $1100)
- Draw: +540
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Courtois missing out with an adductor injury, a problem confirmed by the club’s official website, is potentially a significant blow for what has generally been an impressive defence this season.
Real have conceded a mere 19 goals in Spain’s top flight, and the goalkeeper’s form has been a big reason why. The former Chelsea man has been exceptional during his second campaign with Los Blancos.