Real Madrid Starting XI: López, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Xabi Alonso, Illarramendi, Di María, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema
Rayo Vallecano Starting XI: Rubén, Arbilla, Zé Castro, Borja López, Rat, Saúl, Trashorras, Iago Falque, Alberto Bueno, Rochina, Larrivey
Alonso gets another start after his poor performances against Barcelona and Sevilla. Illarramendi will be on Modric's place, who is finally out of the list because of the fever. And Coentrao gives Marcelo some rest. You wanted some rotations? You better look elsewhere then. The Italian coach will not give Isco a starting chance even three days before a crucial European match against Borussia Dortmund and yet decides to keep a tiring and aging Alonso in the starting lineup.
Barcelona managed to get a controversial 0-1 win against Espanyol after another decisive penalty-call. This doesn't get old, right? Therefore, Real Madrid will desperately need to get the win against Paco Jémez's Rayo Vallecano squad.