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Official: Real Madrid lineup to face Rayo Vallecano



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Real Madrid will be looking to take back their top spot in La Liga as they take on Rayo Vallecano tonight.

Los Blancos have only won one of their last three games in all competitions, and need a victory tonight to get their heads back in the game against a competitive Barcelona.

In the absence of Karim Benzema, Rodrygo has once again been given the nod as the no. 9. He will accompany Vinicius Jr who starts on the left wing, while Marco Asensio retains his spot on the right.

The midfield features one change as Aurelien Tchouameni takes back his defensive midfield role in the absence of Toni Kroos, who is suspended for the game.

Luka Modric will be starting alongside Federico Valverde in advanced midfield.

The usual suspects make up the back four, with David Alaba and Eder Militao holding the fort as the centre-backs.

Dani Carvajal takes responsibility as the right-back, with Ferland Mendy on the left. Thibaut Courtois rounds off the lineup in goal.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche



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The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.

Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.

With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.

Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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