Carlo Ancelotti will leave either James or Isco on the bench in order to make some room for Gareth Bale, who makes his return to the Starting XI, according to the Italian coach. Other than that, Real Madrid should not make more rotations ahead of the next FIFA break.
Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, James, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid keep using the 4-4-2 formation with Bale in the lineup, as the Welshman is a bit more offensive-minded than James and Isco. Still, he provedthat he can contribute defensively during Real Madrid's 0-4 win at the Allianz Arena, a game in which he helped Dani Carvajal against Ribéry while launching counterattacks as well.