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Real Madrid vs Leganes: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview

11:14 PM IST 01/09/18
Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid
The European champions are out to preserve their bright start to the season, but the visitors' coach feels a surprise could be on the cards

Real Madrid return to La Liga duty this weekend looking for a third consecutive victory when they host Leganes.

The European champions learned their Champions League group stage opponents on Thursday and saw their players take a clean sweep of trophies from UEFA's awards ceremony.

Luka Modric was named UEFA Player of the Year, while he, Keylor Navas and Sergio Ramos were named the best in their positions in the Champions League.

Madrid may no longer be without best forward winner Cristiano Ronaldo, but they have "completed" their squad, as Julen Lopetegui put it, with the return of Mariano Diaz from Lyon.

After receiving such grand recognition from the governing body, Madrid will be confident of keeping up their perfect league start when they take on a side with just one point from two games.

Game Real Madrid vs Leganes
Date Saturday, September 1
Time 7.45pm BST / 2.45pm ET

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on beIN SPORTS and streamed on beIN SPORTS Connect .

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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown and live-streamed on Eleven Sports.

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Squads & Team News


Position Real Madrid players
Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Courtois
Defenders Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Nacho, Reguilon, Sanchez
Midfielders Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, M. Llorente, Ceballos, Valverde
Forwards Benzema, Bale, Asensio, Mariano, Vazquez, Vinicius Jr

Jesus Vallejo returned to training but is not fit enough to feature for Julen Lopetegui's men. Meanwhile, new signing Mariano Diaz is already working with his new team-mates and has been named on the bench.

Real Madrid XI: Courtois: Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric: Bale, Benzema, Asensio.

Subs: Navas, Nacho, Mariano, Lucas Vazquez, Llorente, Isco, Ceballos.

Position Leganes players
Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes
Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Munoz, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran
Midfielders Perez, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso, Rodriguez,
Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Carrillo, Rolan, Santos, En-Nesyri

Leganes are unable to call on new signings Sabin Merino Zuloaga and Recio as they will not be presented until next week, while Alexander Szymanowski is out and Raul Garcia and Unai Bustinza also miss the game.

Leganes XI: Cuellar, Juanfran, Bustinza, Siovas, Silva, Gumbau, Perez, Eraso, Santos, El Zhar, Carrillo.

Subs: Serantes, Rolan, Ojeda, Nyom, Vesga, Omeruo, En-Nesyri.


Betting & Match Odds


Real Madrid are priced at odds of 1/8 to take the win, as priced by bet 365 , while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for Leganes is priced at 20/1.

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Match Preview


The visitors may have needed to come back from two goals down to seal a point late on against Real Sociedad for their only point from the first two games, but their performances have been better than results suggest.

Against Sociedad and Athletic Club, who beat them 2-1, Mauricio Pellegrino's team put up a fair fight and landed a few blows as they found their way into dangerous areas.

And Julen Lopetegui has warned the European champions must be at their best to ensure they live up to their billing as heavy favourites.

"They have just one point but could have six because they played well against Real Sociedad and Athletic," he said. "They've kicked off the season looking good. They're sure to be tough opposition, well organised, with better players than last season and they'll certainly make life difficult for us."

Pellegrino, too, insisted his side should not be underestimated and feels they could pull off a surprise.

"We have the mindset to compete against all teams of La Liga," he told reporters. "That has been proven against Athletic and Real Sociedad. We made mistakes, but we was fine. This will be one more challenge.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is not here, but Real Madrid are Real Madrid. Football is a team sport. Now, Real Madrid are a bit of diferent from last year. They want to have the ball. They are less chaotic. They're a great team. But sometimes the better team does not win. The best team in 90 minutes wins. We will need to harness the moments in the game."