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Valencia vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2014-2015: Projected lineups

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Valencia CF Projected XI: Alves, Barragán, Mustafi, Otamendi, Gayà, Enzo, Parejo, Gomes, Piatti, Feghouli, Negredo.

Real Madrid CF Projected XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Kroos, Isco, James, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Real's starting lineup could only change if Ramos isn't fit for this match just yet. The Spanish defender appeared to be ready after training with the squad this Saturday, but if Carlo Ancelotti decides to play it safe and not rush his recovery process, Varane will start alongside Pepe. It will also be interesting to see if Kroos, Isco and James have what it takes to defend against the fourth best Liga BBVA team.

Valencia coach Nuno will have the chance to replace suspended Javi Fuego with new-signing Enzo Pérez. In this 4-3-3 formation, Feghouli and Piatti's defensive work could be crucial, and that way Nuno could save some firepower on the bench with Rodrigo and Alcácer.

Overall, this should be an exciting contest and a tough challenge for Real Madrid.

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