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Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Real Betis - La Liga

Craig Vickers
Ancelotti's side have been scoring goals for fun
Ancelotti's side have been scoring goals for fun / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

The transfer rumour mill is rarely too detached from Real Madrid, and this week speculation surrounding the possible arrival of PSG forward Kylian Mbappe threatens to be a distraction ahead of Los Blancos’ La Liga clash with Real Betis.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be looking to return to winning ways at the Estadio Benito Villamarin this weekend after they were spared some blushes by Vinicius Junior’s equaliser five minutes from time to salvage a point against Levante last time out.

They currently trail both Atletico Madrid and Sevilla at the top of La Liga by two points and Ancelotti will be keen to go into the international break with momentum.

Here’s how Real Madrid could line up.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Thibaut Courtois
Courtois will be key for Real Madrid this season / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Thibaut Courtois (GK) - The Belgian’s importance to this Real Madrid squad has risen with the departure of Sergio Ramos in the summer, and he will be relied upon heavily behind a defence in transition. 

Lucas Vazquez (RB) - Dani Carvajal returned from his lengthy lay-off during last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Levante, but Saturday may come too soon for the 29-year-old to be thrown back into the starting lineup.

Eder Militao (CB) - Solid despite Real Madrid leaking three goals last time out.

Nacho Fernandez (CB) - Among the most undervalued in his position after he was omitted from the Spain squad for EURO 2020, Real Madrid are reaping the rewards for his commanding presence.

David Alaba (LB) - The big name arrival for Los Blancos this summer, the Austrian produced a stellar attacking performance against Levante last time out.

2. Midfielders

Isco was back to his best against Levante / Eric Alonso/Getty Images

Casemiro (DM) - The Brazilian knits Real Madrid together at the base of midfield and he will be integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season. 

Isco (CM) - Rolled back the years with his display last weekend against Levante, the Spaniard looks to have rediscovered his confidence under Ancelotti. 

Federico Valverde (CM) - A big opportunity for the 23-year-old to make an impression with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos sidelined through injury.

3. Forwards

Gareth Bale
Bale opened the scoring for Real Madrid last weekend / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

Gareth Bale (RW) - On the scoresheet last time out, the Welshman looks revitalised under Ancelotti. 

Karim Benzema (ST) - Undroppable as the spearhead of the Real Madrid attack, Benzema has already netted twice this campaign.

Vinicius Junior (LW) - A pair of stunning strikes last weekend against Levante to salvage a point for Carlo Ancelotti’s men should see the Brazilian rewarded with a starting berth.