Real Madrid will be looking to extend their lead at the top of La Liga on Sunday afternoon when they travel to take on a Rayo Vallecano side that still have Champions League ambitions.
The focus will no doubt be on Jose Mourinho’s men though as they attempt to go 13 points clear at the top of the table. This is something they can achieve with a victory as Barcelona are playing slightly later on Sunday evening.
Madrid will have been slightly frustrated with the 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League during the week too, so they will want to follow this up with a victory to take them one step close to the La Liga title.
Looking at the form, you would expect them to do just that. They have won eight games in succession in the league and haven’t lost away from home since a shock defeat to Levante back in September last year.
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With 15 games to go though, there is still the possibility that Barcelona could play catch-up with Madrid, Mourinho’s men need to maintain their focus for every single game.
It will not be easy this weekend either. Rayo Vallecano have proved themselves as a very capable outfit this season and they currently sit 8th in the table, just two points adrift of 4th position and the final Champions League place.
This means that they have a great deal to play for in the final third of the campaign and that includes this weekend’s clash with Madrid. They will be relishing the league leaders coming to town after three successive La Liga wins too.
They have lost four of their last six home games though, so they will want to improve their form in front of their own fans if they are to push on for the final Champions League place.
Looking at the team news for Sunday afternoon’s fixture at Vallecano, Madrid will have to go into this one without the injured Karim Benzema, while the home side could name the same team that won at Levante last time out.