Real Madrid will look to win their fifth successive match in all competitions as they face Eibar at the Ipurua in La Liga Santander.
Real Madrid seem to have put their worries back and have mounted a winning run of four matches in all competitions. Zinedine Zidane is also safe from the sack, at least for the time being, before his side visits Eibar on Sunday for the La Liga meeting between the two. Los Blancos have just lost once to the Basque side in their entire history.
For the upcoming match, Zizou has been able to oversee training with a fully fit squad and it is the first time this season where all players are available to his disposal. Given that the Frenchman has fielded a similar line-up in all of his last four matches, changes could be expected considering that Eibar are in the bottom half of the league.
Thibaut Courtois however won’t be rested and will start once again, looking to keep his fifth straight clean sheet. Ferland Mendy has been utilized for a large part of this season and will be benched in favour of Marcelo. The Whites are yet to win a match this season with the Brazilian on the pitch. Dani Carvajal will be the preferred right-back.
Sergio Ramos scored in both league games against Eibar last season and will start as well. His regular partner, Raphael Varane, may be rested and Eder Militao may instead be utilized at the centre of defence. Casemiro, who didn’t face Athletic Bilbao owing to a suspension, will return to his undisputed role of a defensive midfielder.
Luka Modric has started each of his last nine matches for Los Merengues and has performed incredibly well at 35. The Croat may finally be rested as Federico Valverde is fully fit and ready to occupy the role. The 22-year-old, who struck his first Real Madrid goal against Eibar last season at Ipurua, will play beside Toni Kroos in the centre of the park.
Eden Hazard has trained with the team for the last couple of days and will be starting right from off at the expense. Rodrygo Goes will also be given his opportunity ahead of Lucas Vazquez. Karim Benzema though will continue to lead the line ahead of Luka Jovic after scoring four times in his last three matches in all competitions.