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CONFIRMED lineups: Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid

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Jesé and Kovacic start.

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Real Madrid and Rayo published the Starting XIs for their match in Vallecas.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Keylor; Danilo, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Kovacic, Isco; Jesé, Bale and Benzema

Rayo Vallecano Starting XI: Juan Carlos, Quini, Amaya, Crespo, Tito, Trashorras, Jozabed, Pablo Hernández, Embarba, Bebé and Miku.

Zidane decided to keep James and Modric on the bench, and Ramos will also have another chance to rest. Kovacic gets a rare start after being on the bench for weeks while Isco will replace Modric in the midfield. Jesé has the chance to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after playing well when given the chance lately.

Rayo play with a lot of intensity at home so it will be important for Madrid to step up and play with character and focus, because Los Blancos need to collect all three points if they want to win the Liga BBVA title.

Bale is also back in the lineup.