Real Madrid will look to add a fourth straight win to the table when they host 13th-placed La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday.
Real Madrid are on a great run of form, thanks to three straight wins in all competitions including a derby triumph over Atletico Madrid. The Whites face another stern at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Tuesday evening as they host Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. The fixture, originally scheduled for matchday 19 has been preponed due to both sides playing in the Spanish Super Cup in January, as are Barcelona and Real Sociedad.
Zinedine Zidane has not had any major boosts to his squad since Saturday’s win over Atletico as Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard continue to be injured. However, the Frenchman does have one player less in the shape of Casemiro. The defensive midfielder received his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend and thus is suspended.
Despite the fixture congestion, Zizou is unlikely to rotate against a difficult side, which means the line-up is more predictable than not. Thibaut Courtois, who has started all of Madrid’s games in La Liga so far will guard the goal. Dani Carvajal will be the right-back and will be accompanied by Ferland Mendy on the left side. Sergio Ramos will take on defensive duties alongside Raphael Varane at the heart of the backline.
Casemiro’s absence means Federico Valverde will start for the first time in one month in the defensive midfielder’s role. The Uruguayan made his return from injury last time around and will be in the line-up for this game. Isco underperforming has meant that Zidane is unable to rest Luka Modric or Toni Kroos, and both players will start in the engine room once again.
Over the last few matches, Rodrygo has done an incredible job and so he will continue to keep his place on the right wing. Vinicius Junior has not been at his best lately and he may be sacrificed in favour of Marco Asensio. The Spaniard is yet to score or assist this season and will hope to end his dry run in front of goal. Karim Benzema will lead the line and look to score against a side he claimed a hat-trick against in 2018/19.