Los Blancos will be looking to continue their success in La Liga after the winter break when they host Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 17th round of the Spanish top flight.
Real Madrid to extend their lead
Real Madrid are sitting at the top of the table with 37 points from 11 wins, 4 draws and no losses. They are ahead of Barcelona by 3 points with a game in hand. The team have scored 40 goals and conceded 14 since the start of the season.
The hosts have been really solid since the start of the season. Real Madrid are yet to lose any game in the 15 games they have played in the 2016/2017 La Liga season. The team have collected a total of 13 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 league games before the winter break. Their last game in La Liga was against Deportivo La Coruna at home in a game that finished 3-2.
Sergio Ramos is suspended for the home side, with Pepe struggling with a calf problem, meaning that Zinedine Zidane will have to go with his second-choice central defenders. Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez are both injured, which means that James Rodriguez should get an opportunity out on the right-hand side of the attack.
A battle against relegation
Granada are sitting in 19th place in the league table with 9 points from 1 win, 6 draws and 9 losses. They have scored 14 goals and conceded 33 since the start of the season.
The visitors are in a much more difficult situation when compared to the hosts as Granada have been fighting against relegation since the start of the season. The team have won only one game in their last 5 La Liga fixtures. They have collected 5 points from a possible 15 in that period. Their last game was against Real Sociedad at home where they lost 2-0.
Isaac Cuenca is expected to start on the left, despite carrying a knock, with Dimitri Foulquier set to do the same at right-back. Artem Kravets should lead the line for the visitors, while Angban and Mehdi Carcela are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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