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Espanyol vs Real Madrid, 2021 La Liga: Predicted lineups

Will Kroos return to the lineup?

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Real Madrid visit Espanyol in desperate need of bouncing back from their last two performances against Villarreal —0-0 draw— and Sheriff Tiraspol —1-2 loss at home—.

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

Espanyol predicted XI: Lopez, Gil, Cabrera, Gomez, Pedrosa, Darder, Lopez, Morianes, Vidal, Embarba, De Tomas.

Toni Kroos could return to the starting lineup if he feels he’s ready to play heavy minutes again, although it would also make sense from Ancelotti to use this upcoming FIFA break to improve Kroos’ conditioning and start Valverde today. Other than that, Vazquez might start at the right-back spot, something which would move Nacho to the left flank in order to give Madrid more defensive stability.

Miguel has been productive offensively but Ancelotti might want to rely a bit more on defense today as Los Blancos try to gain some confidence and momentum.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

Date: 10/03/2021

Time: 16:15 CEST, 10:15am EST.

Venue: Estadio Cornella-El Prat, Barcelona, Spain.

Available TV: Movistar La Liga, ESPN+

Available Streaming: ESPN+

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