Predicted Real Madrid Lineup To Face Valencia
Real Madrid bounced back from the Clasico defeat against Barcelona in an emphatic fashion by beating a hapless Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 away from home. It looks like the Los Blancos have not yet given up hopes of winning the La Liga, as they currently sit 2nd in the table, behind Barcelona on goal difference, but with a game in hand on their bitter rivals. Madrid suffered a 3-2 defeat against the Catalan giants but displayed some mentality to beat Deportivo. However, the focus now shifts to their next game, which is against the 12
Madrid suffered a 3-2 defeat against the Catalan giants but displayed some positive mentality to beat Deportivo. However, the focus now shifts to their next game, which is against the 12th placed Valencia.
Valencia have not had an exciting season by any means and have strayed around the mid-table positions this term. Facing a pumped up Real Madrid will be a daunting task for them and they’ll have to brace themselves for some heavy action. A lot of first-team stars were rested for the tie against Deportivo but they should be back for the weekend.
Pepe and Bale remain unavailable. But club captain Sergio Ramos returns to the team after serving a one-match ban for his sending off against Barcelona. This is great news. No players suffered injuries against Deportivo so there is a clean bill of health otherwise.
Probable Starting XI:
Manager: Zinedine Zidane
Keylor Navas (GK)
He wasn’t involved against Deportivo but he must be back for this tie and should start in goal instead of Casilla.
Dani Carvajal (RB)
Carvajal is easily one of the best right-backs in the league and should start this game after missing the clash against Deportivo. Will replace Danilo.
Nacho has done well in the absence of Pepe and should start this game as well, as Varane has only just returned from his absence.
Sergio Ramos (CB)
The captain must be back after serving a one-match ban for his red card against Barcelona. He will be determined to keep things together.
Marcelo’s importance cannot be stressed enough and he is a sure starter. No doubt about it.
Casemiro has enjoyed his best season under Zidane and he seems to be the key in the midfield area. His presence will be important.
Despite the limited playing time this season, Isco showed his capabilities during the mid-week game and he should start this one behind Benzema.
Toni Kroos (CM)
Alongside Isco will be Toni Kroos. The German is capable of playing anywhere in the midfield and he should start alongside the Spaniard in central midfield.
James Rodriguez (RW)
With Bale unavailable and the kind of form that Rodriguez is in, he deserves to start the game for Real Madrid and we believe he will start in the right wing.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW)
This is an easy pick. He will be raring to put things back to normal as his side continue to fight for the title. He is a sure starter.
Karim Benzema (ST)
Benzema was rested against Deportivo but he should be back for this one, leading the line from the front.