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Real Madrid vs Shakhtar Donetsk, 2021 Champions League: Predicted lineups

Will Asensio replace Rodrygo in the lineup?

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Elche CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

Real Madrid host Shakhtar Donetsk needing to take care of business if they want to regain control of the Group. Los Blancos will be without Rodrygo, who suffered a small muscle injury during Saturday’s match against Elche, but Karim Benzema will return to the squad.

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

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

Madrid have what it takes to beat this Shakhtar team in comfortable fashion, but Los Blancos have struggled with consistency this season. That means that they should not expect to an easy win if they don’t give their very best.

There’s a FIFA break starting next week and seeing Real Madrid taking care of their next two games against Shakhtar and the mighty Rayo Vallecano would be great news, even if Ancelotti’s men are considered the heavy favorites for both home matches.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Date: 11/03/2021

Time: 18:45 CET (local time), 01:45pm EST.

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

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

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

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