Confirmed lineups: Real Madrid – Celta Vigo

Confirmed lineups: Real Madrid – Celta Vigo

Real Madrid Celta Vigo match preview

Zinedine Zidane has been forced to make several changes in his midfield line as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are sidelined due to injury.

The German and the Croatian will be replaced by Casemiro and Mateo Kovacic, who will feature in midfield alongside Isco. Lucas Vazquez has also earned a spot among the starters after his great game at Levante on Wednesday. Thus, James Rodriguez will seat on the bench.

In defence, Sergio Ramos and Daniel Carvajal will return to the starting line-up after serving a one-match suspension. Marcelo, who returns from a calf injury, will seat on the bench ahead of the crucial Champions League game against Roma. Zidane has picked Danilo to replace the left-back. Pepe will complete the defence line, sending Raphael Varane to the bench.

Gareth Bale will also make his return, although he will not feature from the start. With Karim Benzema on the sidelines, youngster Borja Mayoral will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s pair one more time.

This is Real Madrid’s starting eleven: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Danilo; Vazquez, Casemiro, Kovacic, Isco; Mayoral, Ronaldo.

Celta Vigo’s manager Eduarzo Berizzo has chosen Sergi Gomez and Hugo Mallo to replace his usual centre-back pair Cabral and Fontas, who are sidelined through injury.

This is Celta Vigo’s starting eleven: Blanco; Planas, Mallo, Gomez, Jonny; Wass, Hernandez, Diaz, Orellana; Aspas, Nolito.