Real Madrid vs Cadiz predictions and match preview for Thursday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, team news and predicted lineups as Los Blancos aim to bounce back from a surprise Monday night defeat.
|Date||Thursday 10th November 2022|
|Kick-Off||21:30 (local time)|
Real Madrid vs Cadiz Preview
Real Madrid host Cadiz this Thursday evening in what is set to be the final LaLiga match before the World Cup. Los Blancos will be aiming to pull back points in the title race after suffering their first loss of the season whilst Cadiz will look to leap out of the relegation zone after gaining four points from their last six available.
Real Madrid played a rare Monday night fixture this week as they travelled across town to take on Rayo Vallecano. It didn’t take long for Real Madrid to be on the ropes as Santi Comesaña cushioned home a volley into the bottom corner after a cross from the left hand side of the pitch.
Despite failing to get back into the game performance wise, Real won a penalty around the half hour mark after a trip on Marco Asensio which Luka Modric was able to convert. Minutes later, Eder Militão was able to excellently divert a header into the goal despite falling over to put Carlo Ancelotti’s side in front.
Before half time though, lazy defending from Los Merengues allowed Alvaro Garcia to have an open volley, which the Spaniard smashed home past Courtois and to put Rayo level before the break. Nothing much changed for either side in the second half, and twenty minutes in an obvious handball from Carvajal was given as a penalty after a VAR review. Although Rayo captain Oscar Trejo had his first penalty saved, he slotted home the retake after Thibaut Courtois had appeared to have both feet off the line in the previous attempt. Rodrygo would miss a gilt edged chance late on, but it was Andoni Iraola’s side who took all three points.
Real Madrid struggled in this match and perhaps had it coming after a couple of weeks of lacklustre performances. Carlo Ancelotti’s side must grab a victory against Cadiz as they now sit five points behind Barcelona in the title race ahead of the World Cup.
Cadiz’s last outing was also a trip to Madrid, this time to Getafe in a rather forgettable 0-0 draw. Ruben Sobrino headed wide from close in only one minute into the match, however this was not a sign of how the game would further develop. Throughout the rest of the first half, the only half chances all fell Getafe’s way through headers, one of which had to be cleared off of the line.
The second half remained rather negative from both sides, although Getafe goalkeeper David Soria was forced into two brilliant saves, one which came from a one on one from Ruben Sobrino and another a volley from Lucas Perez. There were as many as three red cards late on, two for Getafe and one for Cadiz, but given the time of which they were given they did not have any real impact on the game. In the 100th minute of the match, Enes Ünal’s excellently struck free kick hit the post but the referee then blew the full time whistle to end the stalemate.
Although still in the relegation zone, this point allowed Cadiz to become level with Sevilla and Espanyol and gain some momentum in the fight for survival. Although not always easy on the eye, Cadiz have a set defensive game plan and their players are fully committed to the system which has allowed them to stay in LaLiga for the past two years, which can be admired.
Team News & Possible Lineups
Possible XI: Courtois – Mendy, Alaba, Militao, Carvajal – Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos – Vini, Rodrygo, Valverde (4-3-3)
Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
|INJURED||Garrido, Zaldua, Mbaye, Chust|
Possible XI: Ledesma – Espino, Fali, Cala, Iza – Ocampo, San Emeterio, Alcaraz, Fernandez – Perez, Lozano (4-4-2)
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 0-0 Cadiz
Real Madrid aren’t in the best of form and their attack is beginning to suffer without Karim Benzema. Even when they do score, they seem to be fragile defensively which is costing them points as seen recently against Girona and Rayo.
Cadiz are one of the last teams Carlo Ancelotti would want to face at the moment regardless of their league position due to their rugged defensive approach and possible counter attacks, plus the Yellow Submarine have been known to take points off of the bigger sides in recent seasons. For all of these reasons, it would be no shock to see Cadiz leaving the capital with a share of the points.
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