This will not be an easy match for Real Madrid. Málaga were already capable of beating FC Barcelona and the Camp Nou and their good defensive organization and counterattacking skills will make it difficult for Los Blancos.
Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Bale.
Málaga Projected XI: Kameni, Rosales, Angeleri, Sánchez, Boka, Darder, Recio, Samuel, Amrabat, Castillejo, Juanmi.
Ancelotti could replace the injured Karim Benzema with Isco. That would move James Rodríguez to the right wing, Cristiano Ronaldo could play as the center-forward and therefore Bale would play on the left flank. Jesé Rodríguez and Chicharito would be two more options to replace Benzema, although their lack of confidence and minutes make them slightly less likely than Isco.
This will be a must-win game for Real Madrid ahead of the decisive Champions League clash against Atlético de Madrid next Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabéu.