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Real Madrid return to action after the international break aiming to retain their place at the top of the La Liga standings.
Madrid head into Saturday’s match at Real Mallorca two points clear of Barcelona, with Atletico Madrid a further point behind in third place.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are odds-on favourites make it five league games without defeat and they look a banker bet to do just that.
Zidane has a few injury worries to contend with ahead of the game, with Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez both ruled out of the trip …

Real Madrid host Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg on Wednesday having drawn 1-1 at the Nou Camp three weeks ago.
Madrid caused Barcelona plenty of problems in the first meeting, with Lucas Vazquez opening the scoring before Malcom equalised.
However, their record in this competition is surprisingly poor, having won it just twice in the last 25 years.
By contrast, Barca have lifted the trophy six times in the last 10 years and are chasing their fifth Copa del Rey success in a row.
Ernesto Valverde’s side head to the …

At the start of the season I made my predictions for the Champions League Group Stage, and 14 out of 16 teams tipped to qualify were correct, with Schalke getting through instead of Galatasaray (Group D), and Lyon ahead of Shakthar Donetsk (Group F). So now it is time for the knockout stages, let us have a look at who will advance to the Quarter Finals.
Champions League Round of 16
Legs to be played on 12th February & 6th March
Manchester United v Paris Saint Germain
This tie could not come about …

Another Champions League season is upon us, with some interesting groups being drawn and various betting promo codes you can use to back potential winners. But which teams will advance to the knockout stages from their respective groups and which teams will finish third and go on to play in the knockout stages of the Europa League? Here are my predictions…
Group A
Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco & Club Brugge
Europa League winners Atletico have had a rather awkward start to their domestic league season, but will still qualify from this …

Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales sacked Julen Lopetegui as head coach of the national team after learning on Tuesday that the 51-year-old had accepted Real Madrid’s offer to succeed Zinedine Zidane without seeking permission from Spain first. Rubiales insists he was left in the dark about the decision until five minutes before the official announcement was made.
Fernando Hierro will take caretaker charge of Spain for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. A statement from the Spanish Football Federation read: “Fernando Hierro will assume the position of national coach in …

According to reports in Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have informed their unsettled star striker Cristiano Ronaldo to find a buyer for himself so that the club can replace him with Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar in a mega-money transfer move this summer.
Soon after Los Blancos’ record third consecutive Champions League triumph against Liverpool last month, Ronaldo sensationally revealed about his unsettled future in the Spanish capital which undeniably left several Real Madrid officials furious.
According to several sources, the Portuguese’s super-agent Jorge Mendes met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Tuesday to negotiate …

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is second in Forbes’ top 100 athletes, one place ahead of Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and two places above Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar.
Messi has earned approximately $111m, $84m of which is attributed to his salary and bonuses. Ronaldo has made $108m, $61m being his salary and bonuses. Neymar has earned $90m, $71m of which is salary and bonuses. The trio are the only footballers to be named in Forbes’ top-10.
Ronaldo, who has ranked in the top-three highest earners for a sixth straight year, was …

Real Madrid have ended their pursuit to land Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino after growing concerned as to whether they could reach an agreement with the English giants.
Zinedine Zidane, who led the Los Blancos to their third consecutive Champions League triumph last week, decided to leave the Real hotseat on Tuesday and the Real Madrid officials are now relentlessly looking to replace the Frenchman.
Mauricio Pochettino was widely dubbed as Real’s favorite managerial candidate but according to Sky Sports’ Spanish expert Guillem Balague, the European champions will no longer pursue the signing of …

Zidane Zidane announced he will be stepping down as Real Madrid manager in Thursday afternoon’s surprise press conference. The 45-year-old spent three seasons in charge in charge, winning one La Liga title and three consecutive Champions League trophies.
“I have taken the decision not continue as coach of Real Madrid next year. I think it is the moment, for me and for the squad. I think it is the right moment. This is a team that should keep on winning and it needs a change for that,” he said.
Zidane left the …

Real Madrid sealed their third consecutive Champions League crown and their fourth in five years after beating Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday’s final in Kyiv. Gareth Bale scored twice from the bench, replacing the disappointing Isco, while the Reds had nobody to call upon after losing Mohamed Salah to injury in the first-half.
Real could draw upon experience, Liverpool only had novices
Such strength in depth was the deciding factor in Kyiv, as Real head coach Zinedine Zidane had Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez to call upon if needed. Of the 13 …