It's been a tough week for Real Madrid fans after drawing to Sporting Gijón last Sunday. Los Blancos were expected to kick off their Liga BBVA season strong but their performance wasn't good enough to collect all three points. Now, with Karim Benzema reportedly ready to play some minutes and James Rodríguez set to return to the starting lineup, Real Madrid should have more than enough to beat Betis comfortably.
Benítez already is in the hot seat after leaving James on the bench last Sunday. The Colombian was one of Real Madrid's best players last season and while he wasn't as fit as Isco it was shocking to see him on the bench. Benítez knows how controversial this was and will start James this time.
This will likely be a good game for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. Both of them could score their first goals this season in order to get back on track.
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Date & Time: Saturday, August 29 (22:30 local time, 16:30 EST).
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Navas, Danilo, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, James, Ronaldo.
Players to watch: James, Ronaldo, Bale.
TV Information: BeIN Sports USA (United States), Sky Sports 3 (United Kingdom), SuperSport 3 Africa (Kenya), Canal+ Liga (Spain), Others.
Stream information: BeIN Sports Connect (United States), Sky Go (United Kingdom), Others.