League: SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 30
Match: 17:30 Las Palmas – Real Madrid
Prediction: Away Win
Average odds: 1.36
Bookmaker: bwin
Result: 0:3 WIN!!!


Third-bottom Las Palmas take on Real Madrid knowing that anything but a win would leave their faint La Liga (LL) survival hopes hanging by an even thinner thread. Can the Canary Islanders pull off a major shock against Los Blancos?
As things stand ahead of the weekend’s action, Las Palmas (21 pts, W5, D6, L18) are six points off safety with just nine matches to go. Paco Jemez’s side head into the game after drawing 1-1 at fellow relegation contenders Deportivo La Coruna last time out, a result that stretched their winless run in LL to seven games (D4, L3).
Boss Zinedine Zidane is expected to rest some key Real Madrid players for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final clash at Juventus. Madrid (60 pts, W18, D6, L5) look virtually nailed-on to secure a top-four LL finish as they currently sit third, 13 points clear of Villarreal in fifth.
These two sides have had 67 previous meetings in the top tier of Spanish football. Las Palmas have won seven and drawn ten of their 33 home encounters with Madrid (16 losses), with their last victory coming in the 2001/2002 season (4-2) – Zidane’s first campaign at Madrid (as a player).
Players to watch: French striker Karim Benzema’s struggles in front of goal have been a particular source of frustration for Madrid supporters this season. Benzema has just four goals in 22 LL games (17 starts) and averages a goal every 367.7 minutes. On the bright side, he is the league’s joint-third top assist provider with eight assists to his name.
No other LL goalkeeper has made more saves per game this season than Las Palmas’ Leandro Chichizola (3.75). Despite Chichizola’s hard work between the sticks, Las Palmas have conceded the second most goals (58).
Stat attack: Las Palmas have gone 29 league games without a goalless draw at home.
Madrid have scored 41 goals in their last 11 LL games. They have had the most shots on goal (421, 221 on target) so far this season.