Real Madrid are looking to get back to winning ways as they play Getafe in their 2015-16 La Liga campaign on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

After their humiliating losses against Sevilla and Barcelona last month, they are currently looming at the third spot in the La Liga table. Real is behind top seeded Barcelona and second placed Atletico de Madrid.

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo did resurrect Real in their 2-0 win over Eibar at the Estadio Municipal de Ipura last Sunday. Getafe too, upset Villareal 2-0 in their last match on Sunday.

The Real Madrid side needs to focus on on-field issues right now.  Particularly that they’ve courted controversy for fielding banned Russian winger Denis Cheryshev in their last-32 match against Cadiz on Wednesday. Although he was eventually replaced in the second half, people are still talking.

The Football News quoted Real coach Rafa Benitez as saying “Clearly, the club did not know anything. We weren’t told by Villarreal or the RFEF. We knew nothing and [after finding out], we have substituted the player to show good faith.”

The controversy looks far more serious as they are on the verge of getting thrown out of the Copa Del Rey Cup Tournament. It becomes very important for the team to focus on their winning ways and set aside all these issues.

Real Madrid is expected to win this encounter against Getafe. Ronaldo and Bale, both look good “as they try to catch up with their arch-nemesis Barcelona at the top of the league table,” quotes Yibada.

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho, Danilo; Rodriguez, Modric, Kroos, Kovacic; Bale, Ronaldo

Getafe starting lineup (4-4-2 formation): Guaita; Suarez, Cala, Alexis, Lago; Sarabia, Rodriguez, Meira, Lafita; Scepovic, Vazquez

Match Schedule

Real Madrid vs Getafe

Date: Saturday, 5 December, 2015

Time: 3PM GMT, 4PM Local Time

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

Live Stream: Real Madrid Stream