Date: August 25, 2014
Venue: Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Kick-off time: 19:00 BST
Real Madrid start their La Liga campaign against the newboys, Cordoba at their home ground looking to put away the Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid last Friday.
Real Madrid’s form
Real Madrid’s friendlies were not exactly great as they lost and drew a lot of them. Hindered by World Cup, many returning stars were unavailable to be picked up as they lacked match practice. There’s still a need for fine tuning and a few tactical changes to accommodate new signings.
Against Cordoba, there’s a chance to try something new and if it doesn’t work out the individual brilliance of star players will surely get Real out of the trouble.
Cordoba won promotion to the La Liga after 1971-72 season, a long time to be out in the lower football wilderness. Los Califas have been active in the transfer market having picked up lot of players on a loan deal.
Cordoba managed to hold on to just one of their three star performers for them last season. Pedro Sanchez and Uli Davila left for greener pastures, only Xisco Jiminez stayed back. With so many additions to the squad there was lot of work needed and it showed in the inconsistency of Cordoba’s preseason form.
Real Madrid: Gareth Bale
With doubts over the fitness of Cristiano Ronaldo and the other new signings (Rodriguez and Kroos) still needing time to bed in the starting XI, Bale can work his magic against the lowly Cordoba. Against Sevilla he showed what his magic left foot can do.
The Cordoba wingbacks will have a hard time catching him! Ask Inter Milan’s Maicon.
Cordoba: Inigo Lopez
Central defender from POAK who played in a Celta Vigo shirt last season (on loan) is no stranger to the La Liga. He can provide the required experience to the Cordoba backline and against Real there’s more need for it.
Real Madrid are going to be playing against a team which have been promoted to the top-level football after more than seven decades and can be expected to beat them comprehensively.
KEY STAT: Real Madrid’s 19 home La Liga matches produced 80 goals last season and average of over 4 per match.
So we can expect a lot of goals in the game and the odds of 1.7 for more than 3.5 goals on offer with Betfair is good value.