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.
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