Real Madrid Projected Starting XI: Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Illarramendi, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Deportivo Projected Starting XI: Fabricio, Laure, Manuel Pablo, Lopo, Luisinho, Bergantiños, Borges, Cuenca, Pérez, Cavaleiro, Riera.
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that Carvajal will sit this match out, with Arbeloa ready to take his spot. Khedira is injured and will miss the match too, something that gives Illarramendi the chance to start ahead of new-signing Lucas Silva, who should make his debut today, according to Ancelotti.
Even though Pepe has been training with his teammates for the last couple of days, he's not ready to feature just yet, so Nacho and Varane will be starting in the center of the defensive line. They completed a very shaky performance against Atlético -- just like their teammates -- so they will surely be happy to encounter a much more manageable side in Deportivo. Upfront, the BBC will be looking to end their dip in form, especially Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale, who are under the spotlight due to their mediocre performances since the year started.