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Real Madrid predicted lineup vs Valencia - La Liga

Max Parsons
Real Madrid beat Alcoyano last time out
Real Madrid beat Alcoyano last time out / JOSE JORDAN/GettyImages
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Real Madrid return to action on Saturday night, aiming to get back into the groove in La Liga.

Carlo Ancelotti's side's 15-match unbeaten run was put to an end upon the resumption of Spain's domestic season as Los Blancos slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Getafe to kick 2022 off with a whimper.

Bouncing back well, however, Los Blancos secured progression to the last 16 of the Copa del Rey in midweek, beating Alcoyano 3-1.

Here's how Real Madrid could line up to face a ninth-placed Valencia side also aiming to improve following a defeat last time out.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois should come back into the side / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Thibaut Courtois (GK) - Arguably the standout goalkeeper in La Liga so far this season, Courtois will come back into the fold following Andriy Lunin's appearance in midweek.

Lucas Vazquez (RB) -
Dani Carvajal will miss out through injury, so Vazquez will likely deputise there once again.

Eder Militao (CB) -
Continuously progressing into the colossal and dependable central defensive rock Los Blancos desperately needed after the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the summer.

David Alaba (CB) - Also doing brilliant work in filling that void following his transfer fee-less arrival this summer.

Ferland Mendy (LB) -
Wasn't involved against Alcoyano but should be drafted straight back into the starting XI as Valencia visit.

2. Midfielders

Luka Modric
Luka Modric will likely come back into the fold / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Casemiro (DM) - Came back into the side against Getafe after serving a yellow card suspension and, although he didn't perform to great effect (and got booked again, obviously), he'll inevitably continue as the anchor in midfield.

Luka Modric (CM) - The Croatian maestro was absent for his side's midweek cup win, but expect him to return for this one.

Toni Kroos (CM) - Was given a ten-minute cameo last time out so should be fresh and raring to go for Saturday's clash.

3. Forwards

Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior
We'll be able to see this pairing once again / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/GettyImages

Marco Asensio (RW) - Appeared as a substitute to notch the decisive goal against Alcoyano, which should have earned him a start ahead of Rodrygo and Eden Hazard.

Karim Benzema (ST) - Didn't feature in Wednesday night's victory but he'll most certainly be reinstated to the front line here, searching for a 23rd goal involvement in his 20th La Liga appearance of the season.

Vinicius Junior (LW) - Has absolutely soared this campaign and has visibly been a miss while suffering from a bout of Covid-19, so his availability will be welcomed warmly by all - except Valencia.


Read 90min's full Real Madrid vs Valencia preview here

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