No Varane, no Bale, no Pepe and no Karim Benzema. Either way, Real Madrid must get the win against Málaga to keep the race for the Liga BBVA alive even with Barcelona 7 points ahead in the table. Los Blancos have not had much time to prepare for this game considering that they were in Rome last Wednesday.
Málaga will be a tough team to beat away from the Bernabéu but Real should be able to collect all three points even without Benzema. Jesé Rodríguez will hopefully keep his good form after the second goal he scored against Roma. He proved to be a very interesting player off the bench and one that could replace Benzema when needed.
Nacho will have to step his game up considering that neither Varane nor Pepe are available. Ramos and Carvajal will miss the Madrid Derby if they get booked today, so they must be careful.
Location: La Rosaleda, Málaga, Spain
Kick-off time: 16:00 PM CET, 10:00 AM Eastern.
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Real Madrid projected XI:
Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Jesé.