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Shakhtar vs Real Madrid, 2021 Champions League: Predicted lineups

Will Mendy make his return to the XI?

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Real Madrid visit Shakhtar Donetsk in the third game of the Champions League’s Group Stage. Los Blancos need to overcome their last three disappointing results against Villarreal, Sheriff Tiraspol and Espanyol while also gaining some confidence and momentum ahead of Sunday’s El Clasico.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois, Nacho, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Benzema.

Shakhtar predicted XI: Pyatov, Dodo, Santos, Matvienko, Ismaily, Stepanenko, Solomon, Patrick, Maycon, Pedrinho, Fernando.

Left-back Ferland Mendy could very well return to the starting lineup after spending the last few months recovering from a lower leg injury. Mendy needs as many minutes as he can possibly play in order to be ready for El Clasico, so giving him 60 minutes makes sense given how crucial his presence is.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Date: 10/19/2021

Time: 21:00 CET (local time), 03:00pm EST.

Venue: Kyiv Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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

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

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