Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu on Saturday in a La Liga clash in which the home side will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a 3-2 defeat away to Sevilla on Wednesday.
With the Champions League final just two weeks away from this match, and a couple of key injury concerns to contend with, it is likely that ZInedine Zidane will continue to field a heavily rotated side.
However, Los Blancos will be keen to return to winning form to build confidence and momentum ahead of the European showpiece event in Kiev.
With that in mind, the Madrid side which takes on Celta Vigo can be expected to see the return of a few more regular names to the team which fell to defeat in Seville in midweek.
Kiko Casilla started in goal against Sevilla and looked largely unconvincing and short of confidence to give assurance to those playing ahead of him. The Spaniard could be replace by regular first-choice Keylor Navas on Saturday, who made some heroic saves during Madrid’s Champions League semi-final tie with Bayern Munich.
With Dani Carvajal still struggling to recover from injury, Nacho is likely to continue to fill his compatriot’s void at right-back.
Jesus Vallejo started alongside captain Sergio Ramos on Wednesday in the side which shipped three goals against Sevilla. Rapahel Varane can be expected to replace the youngster on Saturday to restore greater solidity in the Madrid backline.
Marcelo is one of those key players likely to continue being rested ahead of the Champions League final, giving another useful run out to young French left-back, Theo Hernandez.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were both rested by Zidane on Wednesday in Seville, following the high-energy demands of an El Classico clash away to Barcelona three days earlier. Those two are again likely to be given further rest on Saturday.
Dani Ceballos started alongside Casemiro and Mateo Kovacic in Madrid’s engine room in midweek, but the return of Isco from injury should see the attack-minded Spaniard return to the side in place of his younger compatriot to add more flair and dynamism to the midfield areas.
With Cristiano Ronaldo still injured for Saturday’s game, Madrid are boosted by the return of Gareth Bale from the suspension he served in midweek. Karim Benzema looked out of sorts in Seville, failing to offer a cutting edge to Madrid’s attack.
Zidane could opt to restore Bale to the side in Benzema’s central role, with Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio flanking the Welshman, giving Los Blancos’ front line a wealth of pace, power and energy to maximise their trademark counter-attacking speed and threat.