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Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Rayo Vallecano - La Liga

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Carlo Ancelotti arrived in the Spanish capital this summer for his second spell as Real Madrid manager
Carlo Ancelotti arrived in the Spanish capital this summer for his second spell as Real Madrid manager / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Real Madrid's final fixture before the November international break pits them against fellow capital side Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night.

As he continues to search for balance upon his return to Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti's porous scorers have made for entertaining viewing this term. Their upcoming opponents have also caught the eye, climbing to the unthinkable heights of sixth after winning promotion last season.

Here's the lineup Ancelotti may deploy for this enticing encounter.


Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Rayo Vallecano - La Liga

1. Goalkeeper & defender

Thibaut Courtois (GK) - Madrid's undisputed number one hasn't missed a minute of La Liga action since July 2020.

Dani Carvajal (RB) - An injury-riddled 2020/21 has seeped into the current campaign but Ancelotti may take his chance to deploy his one natural right-back while he's available.

Eder Militao (CB) - The only outfield ever-present for Madrid this season has cemented his spot in the team in the absence of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos.

David Alaba (CB) - Already firmly ensconced in the hearts of Madridistas with a sumptuous strike against Barcelona, the club's marquee arrival has his own chant: Halaba Madrid!

Ferland Mendy (LB) - One of the lower-profile names among a star-studded squad, Mendy's subtle return to the side has proven instrumental in simplifying the roles of his rearguard teammates.


2. Midfielders

Luka Modric (CM) - As one of just eight outfield La Liga players aged 36 or over this season, Modric continues to befuddle Father Time.

Casemiro (CM) - Fresh from his 300th appearance for the club, Casimiro - as his name is correctly spelled - will almost certainly get started on another century.

Toni Kroos (CM) - The 31-year-old may not have enjoyed quite the triumphant return he was expecting - consecutive defeats to Sheriff Tiraspol and Espanyol doesn't exactly scream pomp and ceremony - but Kroos has eased his way back into proceedings thereafter.


3. Forwards

Lucas Vazquez (RW) - Madrid's (Galician) Swiss army knife is already well on his way to endearing himself to Ancelotti as much as he did to the Italian's predecessor.

Karim Benzema (ST) - The scorer of Madrid's 1,000th goal in Europe's premier competition in midweek seems capable of four digits on his own in the mind-boggling form he's currently enjoying.

Vinicius Junior (LW) - Just one shy of matching his career-tally of La Liga goals before the season started (eight) this term alone, Vinicius is vying with his French teammate for the status of Spain's most in-form player.


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