Real Madrid host Valencia —22:15— in what will be the second game of this 2017-2018 La Liga season. Los Blancos will be without three of their four central defenders. Varane, Ramos and Vallejo will miss the game and that means that Zidane has an interesting decision to make.
Will he start Casemiro as a defender and then give Llorente a chance to play in his natural defensive midfielder spot? Or will he trust Mateo Kovacic just days after he recovered from a small injury to play in the midfield if Casemiro is indeed the one playing as a defender? Could he just start Llorente in the defensive line? We will know the answer one hour before the game kicks off, so for now it will be wise to predict what the French coach might end up doing.
Real Madrid predicted XI: Navas, Carvajal, Casemiro, Nacho, Marcelo, Kovacic, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Benzema.
Valencia predicted XI: Neto; Garay, Cancelo, Vezo, Gaya; Vidal, Medran, Soler, Parejo; Zaza, Rodrigo
How to watch
Time: 22:15 CET, 04:15pm EST, 01:15 pm Pacific.
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.
Available Streaming: BeIN Sports (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).