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Pick And Share Your Real Madrid Side For Málaga Clash

 • by Frank Smith
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Real Madrid go into their final game of the La Liga season against Málaga knowing that one point will be enough to secure a first league title since 2012.

Zinédine Zidane’s side are three points clear of fierce second-placed rivals Barcelona going into the final match day, meaning a draw would seal first place.

However, the Catalans have a better head-to-head record, so Real Madrid must avoid away defeat against a Málaga side who have won each of their previous four games at La Rosaleda.

And, rather impressively, the Albicelestes’ run is made up of victories over Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Celta Vigo.

Evidently, Real Madrid cannot afford to be complacent as they journey to Málaga. Here is how our algorithm thinks they will line up for the clash:

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Zidane is likely to continue with the diamond midfield he has utilised to good effect in recent weeks, with Isco floating just in front of the traditional trident of Luka Modrić, Casemiro and Toni Kroos.

The French manager will, however, still be without Pepe and key man Dani Carvajal, who has been out since the Champions League semi-final first leg win over Atlético Madrid with a hamstring injury. Danilo will continue on at right-back in the Spaniard’s place.

James Rodríguez has returned to training recently, so could play a part against Málaga. However, there remain doubts as to the availability of Gareth Bale. Regardless, Isco’s excellent recent form means neither player would be guaranteed to start even if fully fit.

Real Madrid’s change in shape will also mean Cristiano Ronaldo keeps his place up front in a strike duet with Karim Benzema. The Portuguese superstar has been in superlative form lately, hitting four goals in his last two appearances.