Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Eibar

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Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos' league game at home to the Basque side on Sunday...

Real Madrid will hope to keep pressure on Liga leaders Barcelona by beating Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Los Blancos moved to within five points of their fierce rivals last weekend after Barca could only draw at Atletico, but are likely to find themselves provisionally eight adrift as the Catalans are at home to bottom-of-the-table Malaga on Saturday.

Real Madrid 13/2 to win 4-0

Zinedine Zidane's side have only won one of their league games at the Bernabeu so far this season, a 2-0 success against Espanyol, and could only draw 1-1 with Tottenham there in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Madrid's meeting with Eibar on Sunday...


REAL MADRID INJURIES


Gareth Bale is back in training, but the Welsh winger is not ready to return from injury and is targeting a comeback against former club Tottenham at Wembley in the Champions League next month.

Keylor Navas misses out with a groin problem, while Mateo Kovacic is also still sidelined.

Dani Carvajal is unlikely to feature as he continues to recover from a heart problem, while Raphael Varane is doubtful.

Keylor Navas Real Madrid


REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS


Real Madrid have had a few suspensions already this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos all missing matches in La Liga, but Zinedine Zidane has no players banned for the visit of Eibar.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid


REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


With Keylor Navas out injured, Kiko Casilla will start in goal for Real Madrid against Eibar.

In defence, Raphael Varane is doubtful, so Nacho could come in alongside Sergio Ramos, while young right-back Achraf Hakimi is set to keep his place in the absence of Dani Carvajal.

Elsewhere, there are unlikely to be too many surprises, with Cristiano Ronaldo partnering Karim Benzema in attack and Isco just behind those two in a playmaker role.

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EIBAR TEAM NEWS


Eibar sit just a point above the relegation zone after eight rounds of matches in La Liga this season.

Jose Luis Mendilibar's side have picked up seven points so far, thanks to narrow wins over Malaga and Leganes and a goalless draw at home to Deportivo La Coruna last weekend.

The Basques have also suffered heavy defeats to Barcelona (6-1), Villarreal (3-0) and Celta Vigo (4-0).

Yoel Rodriguez, Pedro Leon, Fran Rico, Ivan Alejo and Ivan Ramos are all sidelined for Sunday's game.

Takashi Inui Barcelona Eibar LaLiga 21052017


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Real Madrid have won five of their six meetings with Eibar in La Liga. The only time they failed to win against the Basque side was last season (a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu in October 2016).

  • Los Blancos have only won one game at the Bernabeu in La Liga 2017-18, their worst performance at home after their first four games since 1999-2000 (also one win).

  • Real Madrid have attempted 232 crosses in La Liga this season, at least 38 more than any other side.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals in his five games against Eibar in La Liga, all five with his right foot (two from the penalty spot, one from a direct free-kick and two from open play).

  • Jose Luis Mendilibar has lost in seven of his eight league visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, picking up a 1-1 draw last season in the other of those matches.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Real Madrid versus Eibar kicks off at 20:45 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and will be broadcast live from 19:40 UK time on Sky Sports Football

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