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How Real Madrid could line up against Rayo Vallecano

How Real Madrid could line up against Rayo Vallecano

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti could name an unchanged starting XI for Saturday evening’s La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano at the Bernabeu.

Los Blancos did not pick up any fresh problems in their 2-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday, and there is a chance that Gareth Bale could make his return from a hamstring problem in this contest.

However, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo and Mariano Diaz remain unavailable for selection.

Ancelotti’s biggest call, arguably, will come on the right side of his attack, with Lucas Vazquez, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio among those pushing for the position.

Vazquez was given the nod against Shakhtar last time out, and the Spaniard’s energy and defensive qualities against a dangerous Rayo team could see him feature in the front three once again.

Dani Carvajal was substituted in the second half of the clash on Wednesday but is fit to start, while Ferland Mendy will line up at left-back once again.

Eduardo Camavinga is an option to freshen the midfield, but Ancelotti could ultimately stick with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric alongside Casemiro.

Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius

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