Real Madrid – Malmo: Confirmed line-ups

Real Madrid – Malmo: Confirmed line-ups


Rafa Benitez will finally make several changes in his line-up for the Champions League game against Malmo.

Alvaro Arbeloa will return to the starting eleven for the first time in weeks, featuring in the left-back. Thus, Danilo, who has played in that position in the past few games, will return to the right side of the defence. Pepe and Nacho Fernandez will repeat as the center-back pair.

Casemiro, Kovacic, Isco and James Rodriguez will form an unprecedented midfield line, with the Spaniard and the Colombian playing on the sides.

Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the forward line alongside Karim Benzema, although Benitez could have probably chosen to let the Portuguese rest ahead of the La Liga game against Villarreal.

Jese Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez and Denis Cheryshev are expected to get minutes of action in the second half if Los Blancos are winning.

Confirmed line-ups:

Real Madrid: Casilla; Danilo, Pepe, Nacho, Arbeloa; Casemiro, Kovacic, Isco, James; Benzema y Cristiano.

Malmo: Wiland; Tinnerholm, Árnason, Carvalho, Yotún; Lewicki, Adu, Rakip, Sana; Berget, Djurdjic.