Real Madrid entertain Elche for the second time in three days following their Copa del Rey success in midweek.
Los Blancos flirted with danger when they required an extra-time comeback to down Francisco Rodriguez’s side in midweek, with Isco and Eden Hazard cancelling out Gonzalo Verdu’s opener.
Real Madrid sit four points clear at the top of La Liga, and they will have been boosted by the news of their closest challengers Sevilla being held to a 1-1 draw by Valencia in midweek.
Here’s how Real Madrid could line up for this weekend’s clash.
Andriy Lunin (GK) – Deputised for the injured Thibaut Courtois in midweek and produced a very assured performance.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – The Spaniard is likely to return to the side following his recent Covid-19 absence.
Eder Militao (CB) – Missed the Copa del Rey clash in midweek after he was sent off in the Spanish Super Cup final.
David Alaba (CB) – His recovery pace in defence allows Real Madrid to play higher up the pitch.
Ferland Mendy (LB) – Full of energy down the left-hand side, and delivers consistent quality into the penalty box.
Casemiro (DM) – Great at escaping pressure – and even better at escaping yellow cards.
Luka Modric (CM) – 36 years of age and still oozes complete authority in midfield.
Toni Kroos (CM) – The German is reaping the rewards of his early retirement from international duty.
Rodrygo (RW) – The 21-year-old is giving Ancelotti food for thought with his performances in recent weeks.
Karim Benzema (ST) – The Frenchman is posting incredible numbers this season, netting his 17th goal of the campaign in the recent Super Cup final.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – Has gone to another level this season with his conviction in the final third.
You can read 90min’s preview of Real Madrid vs Elche here.