Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten run has been brought to a shuddering halt with back-to-back losses and head coach Zinedine Zidane is determined to stop the rot against Malaga.
After eight months without experiencing the sharp end of defeat in any competition, Real went down 2-1 at Sevilla in LaLiga before losing by the same scoreline at home to Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey.
Mid-table Malaga represent some relatively easy prey as Zidane's table-toppers bid to pull clear of second-placed Sevilla...
La Liga clubs Real Madrid and Malaga became involved in a [mini] social media row ahead of their meeting at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday -- as the Andalusian outfit poked fun at their higher-profile rivals with a reminder of last season's 0-0 draw.
Ahead of this weekend's game the Madrid social media team rolled out a twitter poll asking "Would you be able to tell us how many goals [Karim] Benzema has scored against Malaga? #HalaMadrid." and the options 5, 6, 7 or 8 goals.
Martin Demichelis has signed a six-month contract to return to Malaga after being released by Espanyol.
Demichelis, 36, joined Espanyol in the summer after leaving Manchester City but his one-year contract was terminated halfway through after making only one appearance.