Los Blancos have climbed into second place in La Liga – five points behind Barcelona – after beating neighbors Atletico in last Saturday’s Madrid derby.
Santiago Solari’s side has now won seven of their last eight in all competitions.
Los Blancos sit nine points off the top of the league heading into the clash and feel that they may yet be able to snatch the Liga crown
With one foot into the quarter-finals of the Champions League secured following their controversial win over Ajax on Wednesday.
Real Madrid returns to domestic matters when they host Girona in La Liga on Sunday.
Santiago Solari’s side sits nine points off league leaders Barcelona with 15 games left this season – and Los Blancos will still harbor hopes of breaking the Catalan club’s stronghold on the title.
They host a side they defeated in the last eight of the Copa del Rey in January by an aggregate scoreline of 7-3 – but they will need to prevail once more without Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.
The Croatia captain and 2018 World Cup finalist miss out with through a yellow card suspension as Eusebio Sacristan’s side hope to replicate their famous upset of 2017 at Santiago Bernabeu.
Team News of Real Madrid vs Girona
Santiago Solari will be without Luka Modric who sits out the clash through suspension, though Sergio Ramos will be available as his ban only extends to Champions League encounters.
Dani Ceballos, Casemiro and Toni Kroos are the likely midfield trio then in a 4-3-3 formation that may also see key strikers Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema rested.
The visitors are looking to pick up their first win since November when they travel to the Champions League holders, though they are missing a host of key faces.
The absence of Johan Mojica at the back is likely to be a big blow for a side who have struggled this season to keep goals out.
Raphael Varane could return after missing the midweek Champions League tie against Ajax through illness.
Isco – out of the first-team picture under Solari anyway – is sidelined with a back injury.
Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Odriozola, Vallejo, Ramos, Reguilon; Ceballos, Casemiro, Kroos; Vazquez, Asensio, Vinicius Junior.
Potential Girona starting XI: Bono; Juanpe, Alcaca, Ramalho; Fernandez, Aleix Garcia, Pons, Granell, Raul Garcia; Stuani, Portu.
Score prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Girona
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