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Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen, 2018 UEFA Champions League: Predicted Lineups, Team News

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Real Madrid host Viktoria Plzen in the third game of the Champions League Group Stage and just a few days ahead of a decisive El Clasico against Barcelona in the Camp Nou. Los Blancos have not won on their last five games and it seems that this could be Julen Lopetegui’s last game coaching the team, even if Madrid manage to get the three points.

Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Isco, Bale Benzema

Out: Carvajal (calf)

Plzeň: Hruška; Řezník, Hejda, Hubník, Limberský; Petržela, Procházka, Hořava, Hrošovský, Zeman; Krmenčík

Out: Kolář (unspecified), Kopic (ankle), Kovařík (unspecified)

Lopetegui did not include Dani Ceballos on the squad list and it’s a shocking decision based on the role the midfielder has had this season, being one of Lopetegui’s favorite and most used players off the bench. Other than that.

Real Madrid lost to CSKA Moscow in the second game, so this is a must win for them if they want to lead the group and face more manageable opposition in the Round of 16.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Date: 10/23/2018

Time: 21:00 CEST, 03:00pm EST, 12:00pm Pacific.

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

Available TV: Univision (USA), Movistar Liga Campeones (Spain).

Available Streaming: Univision (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a discount for new members).