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Valencia vs Real Madrid, 2017 La Liga: Predicted lineups, team news and prediction

Who will start on the right wing?

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Real Madrid face Valencia today (18:45 CET) and considering that Gareth Bale isn't quite ready to feature in the starting lineup, coach Zinedine Zidane will have to pick one player out of the James-Lucas-Isco group to start on the right side of Real's attacking line.

James Rodriguez will most likely be the chosen one, club sources told Managing Madrid. After all, the Colombian got some rest last Saturday and completed a decent performance when Real Madrid hosted Napoli in the Champions League. Meanwhile, both Isco and Vazquez played the whole game against Espanyol, so they will not be as fresh as James.

Real Madrid will also visit Villarreal next Sunday and Vazquez could be the one starting there if Bale still isn't ready to go. Real's coaching staff will be very careful with Bale's minutes now that he has recovered from his ankle injury, meaning that he will not start until he is in perfect condition.

Valencia predicted XI: Alves, Cancelo, Garay, Mangala, Gaya, Parejo, Enzo Perez, Munir, Orellana, Nani, Zaza.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Keylor, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, James, Ronaldo, Benzema.

Prediction: Valencia (Nani) 1-1 Real Madrid (Benzema)

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