Gareth Bale set to start for Real Madrid as Los Blancos face Celta Vigo

David Cooper 12/05/2018
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Gareth Bale has scored in two of his past three matches.

Real Madrid face Celta Vigo on Saturday night (22:45) and still have faint hopes of chasing down city rivals Atletico Madrid to second place in La Liga.

The Whites’ mid-week defeat at Sevilla took things out of their hands, ensuring Diego Simeone’s men have a three-point advantage with just two matches to play in the Spanish top-flight.

Atleti face a trip to local rivals Getafe (20:30) on Saturday.

Meanwhile, having been left out against Sevilla, Gareth Bale is set to return to the starting XI for Zinedine Zidane’s men alongside Karim Benzema in attack but this match comes too early for Cristiano Ronaldo – who is now back in training.

Dani Carvajal remains injured for this one.

With two weeks until the Champions League final, check out the squad the hosts have opted for as they contest their penultimate league match of the campaign.

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Toni Kroos' favourite opposition and other stats as Real Madrid host Celta Vigo

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Real Madrid will host Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane‘s men lost their last encounter against Sevilla 3-2 and will look to bounce back and get the three points.

Here we take a lot at key stats and facts ahead of the game at Santiago Bernabeu.

– Celta are winless in their last seven league games against Real Madrid (D1 L6), conceding 3.5 goals per game (25 in total).

– Celta de Vigo have scored more goals against Real Madrid (136) than versus any other side in La Liga history.

– The Galician side have lost their last four visits to teams from Madrid in La Liga, failing to score in the last three.

– Celta have not won any of their last five La Liga games (D3 L2), their longest run without a win with Unzue as manager.

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– Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last eight La Liga home games (W6 D2), scoring 3.6 goals on average, after losing their previous two.

– Celta have won more points from goals scored in the last 15 minutes of games than any other La Liga side this season (12).

– No player has scored more headed goals than Maxi Gomez in Europe’s top five leagues this season (9, level with Stuani).

– The Uruguayan striker has had a hand in three of Celta’s last five goals in La Liga (two goals, one assist).

– Toni Kroos has scored three goals against Celta in La Liga, more than he has against any other side in the competition.

– Gareth Bale has been directly involved in three of Real Madrid’s last six goals at Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga (two goals, one assist).

Statistics provided by Opta

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Zinedine Zidane urges Real Madrid players to end La Liga season on a high

Phil Casey 12/05/2018
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Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane insists he is focusing on the end of the league season, despite the distractions of transfer rumours and the upcoming Champions League final.

Barcelona have already secured a third La Liga title in the last four seasons, leaving Real to try to overcome a three-point deficit to city rivals Atletico and claim second place in the table.

Zidane’s side take on Celta Vigo in their final home game of the campaign on Saturday, with an away tie against Villarreal then followed by the Champions League final against Liverpool.

“It’s the last game of the season at our stadium and we want to give our fans one last treat by winning the match,” Zidane said in quotes reported on the club’s official website.

“They deserve it and that’s what we are going to try to do tomorrow. We will give everything to make those who come to watch the last home game leave happy.

“Our motivation isn’t going to change just because we’re not going to win La Liga, but playing is the best way to prepare, playing well at a high level of intensity. There’s nothing that can replicate a game.

“We’ll play the two remaining La Liga games in the best possible way. We’ll work on things, but with the ball. The physical side of things has already been worked on well during the season.”

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