REAL MADRID head into tonight's derby clash with Atletico Madrid (7pm) after a heavy defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final.
Furthermore, if Galacticos will lose this match, they could hand Barcelona the Liga title.
Both teams are battling to book second spot. The top three are well clear and will all take their place in the Champions League next season but this is a fantastic looking derby match with just three points separating the two Madrid sides.
The Colchoneros have the best defensive record in La Liga by a country mile and have produced a tremendous W14 D1 L1 record this season, scoring 40 goals and conceding just eight.
They have won their last five at the Calderon. Radamel Falcao's second-half strike secured a monumental 1-0 win over Sevilla in a tightly-contested encounter at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán last weekend. This was the third straight clean sheets in the league.
With Arda Turan still injured, Costa may drop into the hole and Raúl Garcia will probably start ahead of Adrian due to his better defensive qualities.
Jose Mourinho's side have a 4-1 Champions League defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund to try to recover from so the Portuguese boss could rest some of his key players ahead of the second leg.
Real Madrid have scored at a rate of 1.9 goals per game on their travels this season, a far cry from their average of 3.3 per game at home. All of Real Madrid’s five defeats in La Liga this season have come on the road
Alvaro Arbeloa will come back from European suspension but Marcelo is out and Michael Essien is doubtful. Should the Special One opt for wholesale changes to the squad, Casemiro, Nacho and Carvalho are all expected to start.
Real Madrid have won their last nine matches against Atletico in all competitions and nine of their last 10 matches in La Liga. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in seven of Atletico's last eight games in La Liga.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Courtois – Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis – Koke, Suarez, Gabi, R.Garcia – Falcao, Costa.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Lopez – Arbeloa, Albiol, Carvalho, Nacho – Modric, Casemiro – Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo – Benzema.
Atletico Madrid @ 2.80
Atletico/Draw double chance @ 1.55
Falcao anytime goalscorer @ 2.30
3-1 Correct score @ 29.00