Real Madrid v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
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Real Madrid can take command of the title race in La Liga with a win on Thursday against Getafe, separating itself from its biggest rival. Real is just a point ahead of Barcelona entering this one, but a win will move Los Blancos four points clear with five games to go. Barca has dropped points in three out of the last four games, including the 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. If Real drops points, Barca is firmly in the title race, but a win could give Real a big enough lead to hold on.

Here's how you can watch the match and what to know:

Viewing information

  • Date: Thursday, July 2
  • Time: 4 p.m. ET
  • Location: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano — Madrid, Spain
  • TV: beIN Sports
  • Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Odds: Real Madrid -300; Getafe +900; Draw +400 (via William Hill Sportsbook) 

Storylines

Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane's team has been efficient since play resumed. They've won all five matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding just two. Thibaut Courtois looks more and more comfortable in front of goal and Karim Benzema is making an impact, scoring goals and getting the winning assist against Espanyol on Sunday. With a favorable remaining schedule, it wouldn't be surprising to see Real win out.

Getafe: An up and down return after a promising start, Getafe is still firmly in the race for European spots. They need to string some wins together if they hope to sniff a Champions League spot though. Known for one of the league's best defenses, Getafe has conceded just three goals in the last four games but only won one of them.

Prediction

Benzema and Eden Hazard strike early, and Real wins again. Pick: Real Madrid 2, Getafe 0