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Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk, 2020 Champions League: Predicted lineups

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Los Blancos face a depleted Shakhtar team.

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Real Madrid host Shakhtar Donetsk in their first game of the 2020-2021 Champions League season. The Ukrainian team have quality but will miss some key players for this match, so it’s time for Madrid to take advantage of it and gain some momentum ahead of the upcoming El Clasico against Barcelona.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois, Nacho, Varane, Militao, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Vinicius, Asensio, Benzema.

Shakhtar predicted XI: Trubin, Dodo, Khocholava, Bondar, Korniienko, Maycon, Patrick, Marlos, Kovalenko, Taison, Dentinho.

Casemiro and Mendy are expected to return to Real Madrid’s starting lineup after the loss against Cadiz and Militao should be the one replacing Ramos in the center of the defensive line.

Madrid have the quality to beat Shakhtar but the same could’ve been said about their match against Cadiz, so it will be important for Los Blancos to take care of business given that the away games in this Group Stage will be tough.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Date: 10/21/2020

Time: 18:55 CEST (local time), 12:55pm EST.

Venue: Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, Madrid, Spain.

Available TV: TUDN (USA), Movistar Liga Campeones (Spain)

Available Streaming: TUDN.com (USA), Fubo.TV (USA).

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