Real Madrid will look to keep their unbeaten start to the new La Liga season alive when they host Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been hit hard by a nasty combination of injuries and international call-ups, with their midfield looking particularly understocked. However, as we’ll see later on, that might not be a bad thing…
Here’s how the boss could set up.
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – After finally bagging his first clean sheet of the campaign last time out, Courtois will be looking to make it two on the bounce here.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – Carvajal made a major impact on his full return from injury, bagging the winning goal against Real Betis, so expect him to keep his spot in the starting lineup.
Nacho Fernandez (CB) – Having recovered from a muscle injury, Nacho should come into the side to replace Eder Militao, who has been away with Brazil.
David Alaba (CB) – Ancelotti wants to keep Alaba as a centre-back, and with Militao likely missing out, the Austrian will stay there.
Miguel Gutierrez (LB) – Marcelo is ready to return from a muscle injury, but young Gutierrez deserves to keep his spot for the time being.
Eduardo Camavinga (DM) – Casemiro and Fede Valverde are both likely to be sidelined, which could pave the way for young Camavinga to make his highly anticipated debut.
Antonio Blanco (CM) – Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos are both out, while Luka Modric isn’t fit enough to return just yet, so Ancelotti might have to hand young Blanco his fifth La Liga appearance.
Isco (CM) – Enjoying a new lease of life under the new boss, expect Isco to start this one. If he does, it’ll be the first time he’s started three straight league games since January 2020.
Gareth Bale (RW) – Bale will come into this one in high spirits, having excelled for Wales during the international break.
Karim Benzema (ST) – His time with France has been a little awkward thus far, but Benzema will be glad to get back to La Liga, having racked up two goals and three assists already this year.
Eden Hazard (LW) – Like Bale, Hazard was strutting his stuff on the international stage and will now have another go at making that form stick at club level.