The Real Madrid Lineup That Should Start Against Villarreal

Granada CF v Real Madrid CF  - La Liga
Granada CF v Real Madrid CF – La Liga | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid could seal the title on Thursday night with a win over Villarreal.

Monday’s 2-1 win over Granada took Los Blancos’ winning run to nine games, meaning they need just two more points to secure only their second league title since 2012.

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Real Madrid will be looking to get their hands on a much bigger trophy come the end of the season | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid will be feeling confident ahead of their game, but will be wary of the quality Villarreal possess. The Yellow Submarines have enjoyed a fruitful return to football themselves, and currently fifth in the league table.

Marcelo and Nacho will miss Thursday’s game due to injuries, while Luka Jovic will remain a doubt after a friend of his tested positive for coronavirus.

Here’s the team Zidane should select for Thursday Night’s clash:

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Ramos has been influential for Real recently | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Thibaut Courtois (GK): The Belgian has overseen a terrific defensive season for Real – having kept the most clean sheets in Europe’s top five leagues this season.

Dani Carvajal (RB): Carvajal has continued to be a key man for Madrid this season, and is a cert to start this one.

Raphael Varane (CB): Widely considered one of the most talented defenders in the world, Varane has been in top form all season.

Sergio Ramos (CB): Captain Fantastic. Ramos continues to be Madrid’s star man, leading the most impressive backline in Europe and scoring goals for fun.

Ferland Mendy (LB): The French defender scored his first Real Madrid goal last week and will look to cement his place in the team further on Thursday.

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Modric remains a regular in Real’s team | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Casemiro (CDM): The Brazilian is a regular in Real Madrid’s midfield and will be for the foreseeable future.

Luka Modric (CM): He isn’t quite the same player that won the Ballon d’Or two years ago, but he is still a top midfielder, and will be key to Madrid’s chances on Thursday.

Toni Kroos (CM): Kroos has been in top form all season, and will start this crucial game on Thursday.

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Benzema has been sensational for Real Madrid this season | Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Marco Asensio (RW): The Spanish international was on the bench for the last game, but expect him to start against a more threatening opposition in Villarreal.

Eden Hazard (LW): The former Chelsea man has had a first season from hell at Real, but has started to look like he may finally be finding some form since football’s return.

Karim Benzema (CF): The French forward has shown this season that he is far more than a support striker, and he has been instrumental in Real Madrid’s push for the title. Expect him to start, and probably to score.

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