Real Madrid will look to reclaim the top spot in the La Liga standings when they face off against Getafe later tonight at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
Los Blancos dropped their first points of the season in the league last weekend when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Osasuna at home. It allowed Barcelona to move into the pole position in the table, owing to a better goal difference.
While Real Madrid bounced back to winning ways against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League in midweek, they showed signs of vulnerabilities in defence, something they will need to iron out in the upcoming matches.
Against Getafe, manager Carlo Ancelotti could make a few changes to the side that took the field in midweek. Indeed, the manager has already rested Karim Benzema by leaving him out of the squad while Dani Ceballos and Thibaut Courtois remain injured.
With three points being a must ahead of El Clasico next week, here is now Ancelotti might set his team out against Getafe.
With Courtois unavailable, Andriy Lunin becomes the obvious choice in goal for Real Madrid against Getafe.
As for the centre-back pairing, David Alaba could be given a breather by Ancelotti, like he did with Eder Militao against Osasuna last week. The Brazilian returned to the starting XI in midweek and should keep his place, with Antonio Rudiger partnering up with him.
Lucas Vazquez has recovered from the injury he suffered against RCD Mallorca prior to the international break. With important games coming up, Dani Carvajal could also be rested, with Vazquez starting at right-back. Ferland Mendy should continue at left-back.
Aurelien Tchouameni has become a mainstay in the centre of the park for Real Madrid in a very short time and the Frenchman ought to continue occupying the No. 6 position against Getafe tonight.
Toni Kroos started in the last two matches for Los Blancos and should be in line for a break. Instead, fellow veteran Luka Modric, back from injury, should start against Getafe. Federico Valverde is in fine form and should be retained in the Madrid midfield.
Benzema’s absence means that Rodrygo is certain to occupy the centre-forward slot for the La Liga champions. At the same time, Vinicius Jr is a guaranteed starter on the left flank.
The right-wing slot is up for grabs, with Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard possible contenders. And Asensio could get the nod, considering Hazard has not been involved in any of the past four matches for Real Madrid.
Eduardo Camavinga is certain to get some minutes off the bench, as has been the norm, more often than not, under Ancelotti. If Hazard does not start, the Belgian wing-wizard could also feature at some stage late in the game.
Mariano Diaz featured for four minutes in the last league game and could be brought on late in the game to rest either Vinicius or Rodrygo.
Modric, Kroos start in a 4-3-3: How Real Madrid could line up against Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid will battle it out with neighbours Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Having gotten the better of Villarreal in the previous round, Los Blancos will be hoping to produce a solid performance against Diego Simeone’s side so that they can take a step closer towards winning the trophy that they have not won in over eight years.
Heading into the match, Carlo Ancelotti has four players unavailable for selection, with Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Eden Hazard missing out.
The good news, though, is that David Alaba is back to full fitness and has been included in the squad list for the Atletico Madrid clash.
Ahead of the much-anticipated derby on Thursday night, Madrid Universal looks to predict how the Merengues could line up against the Colchoneros.
For the previous cup tie, Ancelotti selected Thibaut Courtois ahead of Andriy Lunin and given the magnitude of Thursday’s match, the Belgian is expected to continue between the sticks.
The manager has already confirmed that David Alaba will be playing tomorrow and the Austrian is likely to slot in as the centre-back alongside Eder Militao, with Antonio Rudiger dropping out.
With no Carvajal and Vazquez, Ancelotti will once again count on Nacho Fernandez at right-back, something he already confirmed in his press conference. Meanwhile, Ferland Mendy will continue occupying the left side of the defensive line.
Eduardo Camavinga showcased his quality while operating as a defensive midfielder against Athletic Club over the weekend. With Tchouameni still sidelined, it makes sense for the Real Madrid boss to continue with the 20-year-old as the deepest of the three midfielders.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were both shock omissions from the league game against Athletic over the weekend. But having given the veterans some rest, Ancelotti will likely recall them for the derby versus Atletico Madrid.
This would lead to Federico Valverde, who was on target in the last meeting vs Atleti, starting on the right flank. Vinicius Jr, who has been under the pump of late, ought to occupy his customary position on the left, with Karim Benzema spearheading the attack.
Vinicius · Benzema · Valverde
Kroos · Camavinga · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Militao · Nacho
Rodrygo Goes has often made a difference for Real Madrid when coming on from the bench and he will be one of the first members on the bench that Ancelotti will turn to on Thursday.
Dani Ceballos will feel unlucky to drop out to the bench given his recent performances but should get some minutes in the second half. Marco Asensio is another player who the Real Madrid manager will call upon in the latter stages of the contest.
Antonio Rudiger could replace Alaba at some point in the second half considering that the latter is just returning from an injury.
Even though Ancelotti has been reluctant to use Castilla players, Sergio Arribas has been called up to the squad and could be given a few minutes, depending on the situation of the game.