The international break has passed us by and it's time to get back down to business in what will be a crucial set of fixtures over the next few weeks. Los Blancos will obviously want to head into their matches with Juventus and Barcelona with the kind of positive momentum a victory today will provide.
Real Madrid starting XI: Lopez, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Khedira, Illarramendi, Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo and Morata
Malaga starting XI: Caballero, Gamez, Weligton, Antunes, Sanchez, Camacho, Portillo, Tissone, Eliseu, El Hamdaoui and Samuel
Real Madrid substitutes: Casillas, Arbeloa, Nacho, Bale, Casemiro, Modric, Jese
Interesting selections from Carlo Ancelotti. No Benzema at all due to a slight knock in training on Thursday. Never like to see Modric on the bench these days, but I'm sure Ancelotti is thinking long-term in this instance.
Let's do this!