Real Madrid go on the road for Week 24 to face Getafe on Sunday as they aim to stay in a tie for the top spot in the La Liga table.
Carlo Ancelotti's Madrid squad have been on a tear in league play as of late, and other than drawing on Feb. 2, they have won each of their La Liga showings since Dec. 14. That has allowed them to hold a three-way tie with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for the top spot with 57 points.
Getafe sit in 14th place in the league table but have been lethargic as of late. They haven't won a league match since November, only drawing twice in that span.
Both of their counterparts at the top face weak foes in Matchday 24, so expect Madrid to come out swinging regardless of their opponents' prowess.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for the matchup.
Where: Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe, Spain
When: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. GMT)
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Top Storyline: How Will Madrid Cope Without Ronaldo?
Real Madrid are getting a small dose of life without Cristiano Ronaldo in this stretch of matches, and it will be crucial for them to cope with it well in order to escape Getafe with three points.
Per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan, Madrid's appeals of Ronaldo's three-game ban haven't been lifted in time for him to compete in Saturday's game.
It's tough to imagine Madrid's offense without Ronaldo as one of its main components, but there is no doubt that Ancelotti boasts more than enough options to field a world-class squad.
Gareth Bale will be able to take on much more of a central offensive role, and Jese—who has been playing more than usual, and well, as of late—should get the nod for a starting slot up top as well.
Those two youngsters will be crucial to Madrid having success offensively.
Other than that, Karim Benzema will help immensely to establish some key experience in the attack as the French striker has been a mainstay in Madrid throughout much of his career.
Madrid's depth reaches much further than that, but it's safe to say that they have enough talent offensively to replace their star. While Ronaldo will be missed dearly until he returns, Madrid should be able to continue scoring goals at a high level with this attacking front.
Ronaldo or no Ronaldo, Madrid boast some of the best form in world football right now, and that won't be deterred by a road trip to one of La Liga's less formidable clubs.
Whether it will be Benzema, Bale, Jese or any of the other Madrid stars, Ancelotti's crew will be in good hands and should have no trouble distancing themselves from Getafe on the scoreboard.
Real Madrid 3, Getafe 1
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