Real Madrid faces Almería on Saturday -- without Cristiano Ronaldo -- in a crucial La Liga match that could determine if "Los Blancos" can move up in the standings. You can watch the live stream online for free.
Ronaldo and his teammates are currently in third place in the Spanish League standings with 76 points, behind Barcelona in second with 78, and the surprising Atletico Madrid on top with 79 points.
For many weeks Real Madrid, Barca, and Ateltico were tied for first place, but things changed dramatically when Barcelona and "Los Blancos" lost important matches and Atletico was able to capitalize.
In the past, Ronaldo's absence hasn't affected the results for Real Madrid, however, in the last couple of matches the team hasn't looked as sharp as it had earlier in the season, causing fans to be concerned that their main star won't be able to play for a reported two weeks.
Real Madrid won't have Ronaldo for next Wednesday's Copa del Rey final against arch rivals Barcelona, so manager Carlo Ancelotti is looking to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzama to step it up and fill the void until Cristiano recovers from his injured hamstring.
If you catch the Real Madrid vs. Almería match online, it should be some of the most dramatic stuff seen this season, as one of the hottest teams in La Liga fights to stay alive in their quest to finish on top of the Primera Division.
Not many think that Almería has much of a chance against Real Madrid, even if Ronaldo is not in the line-up, but the fact is the match still has to be played and anything can happen. Real will have to be on their toes without their main star if they want to remain in contention.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will be without Xabi Alonso and Dani Carvajal, both of whom are suspended. This is the squad that Ancelotti has announced will face Almería:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Diego López and Jesús Fernández.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Nacho and Llorente.
Midfielders: Bale, Casemiro, Modric, Di María, Isco, Illarra, Lucas Vázquez and Mascarell.
Forwards: Benzema, Morata and Willian José.
To watch Real Madrid vs. Almería at the Santiago Bernabeu at 10 pm local time live online, click here.