Sports

Malaga vs. Real Madrid

Malaga vs. Real Madrid

The Spain worldwide seems to have usurped Bale in Zinedine Zidane's preferred XI, but Isco's future at Madrid has not always appeared set in stone.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been left out of the Real Madrid squad for Sunday's Liga clash with Malaga.

A fine free-kick from the playmaker that curled away from Roberto Jimenez was the 25th set-piece goal scored by Madrid, more than any LaLiga club this season, giving Zidane's men a first-half lead.

A win for Madrid will lift them above Valencia into third in the table, while Malaga realistically need a win to have any chance of avoiding relegation.

Team sheets are in!

Málaga have only won one of their 33 meetings vs Real Madrid in La Liga (D8 L24), 3-2 at La Rosaleda in December 2012.

UFC Glendale: Dustin Poirier demands title shot after stopping Justin Gaethje cold
As Gaethje stumbled around the cage, Poirier swarmed in to tag him with combinations before finishing him along the cage wall. What remains unsure, however, is whether Poirier will get his wish for an instant title shot.

Isco is a fantastic player who should be retained by Real Madrid "for many years", according to team-mate Casemiro.

If you're not currently a Sky Sports customer but can't stand to miss out on the action, you can add the channels to your box via a NOW TV subscription. Los Blancos are now in fourth place in the league and know that a victory will see them leap-frog Valencia into third place.

Although Real Madrid showed weaknesses in midweek and were fortunate to secure their showdown with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals, Sunday should see a return to the norm alongside a convincing victory.

"Malaga are bottom and maybe they dont deserve to be", Zidane said.

None. We're going to play a really good team.

Malaga are 14 points adrift in the table but Zinedine Zidane remains wary of the dangers of this evening's opposition. Karim Benzema is expected to start in attack.