Real Madrid will look to register their first home win of the season, as they host Real Betis on Wednesday. The defending champions have had a tough start to their La Liga campaign this season, with just two wins in four matches, both of which came in the away fixtures against Real Sociedad and Deportivo La Coruna. However, Los Blancos were held back in both of their home matches, by Levante and Valencia respectively.
Desperate for a win, Zinedine Zidane’s men will be hopeful of the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a five-game suspension along with a few other important players in the team. Here is the Real Madrid predicted lineup to host La Beticos this midweek.
Goalkeeper: It hasn’t been a great campaign for Keylor Navas so far, conceding three goals in three matches. The Costa Rican will hope for the elusive clean sheet against Quique Setien’s men.
Right Back: Danny Carvajal will feature on the right side of the defence. Highly regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world, Carvajal would be an important part of Real Madrid, both defensively and offensively as well.
Center Back(R): Sergio Ramos has been in fiery form at the start of this season. The Spanish International has embraced the role of an interior defender for Los Blancos. He scored his first of the season against APOEL, last week, in the Champions League.
Center Back(L): Raphael Varane will partner alongside captain Sergio Ramos. The subject of some serious transfer interest, Varane is still a key defender for Real Madrid. He will play a crucial role in the buildup play from the back.
Left Back: Real Madrid will be boosted by the return of Marcelo, who missed the trip to Anoeta this weekend. The Brazilian superstar will definitely strengthen the backline for the hosts as they seek a much-needed clean sheet against Betis.
Central Defensive Midfield: Casemiro will slot in as the holding midfielder. He will be vital in the middle third of the pitch, as the hosts look to dominate the midfield and his physicality and tackling abilities will help them further their chances of doing so.
Central Midfield(R): Toni Kroos will be back in midfield alongside Casemiro. The German International will use his ball-playing skills to create more chances for the home side. He’ll definitely be the one to watch out for in the midweek fixture.
Central Midfield(L): With the weekend’s game in mind, Zinedine Zidane might look to rest Luka Modric and give new signing Dani Ceballos, a starting berth in the team. Ceballos will be desperate to do well against his former club, partnering alongside Kroos and Casemiro in the Real Madrid midfield.
Central Attacking Midfield: Isco is one of the most talked about player in the La Liga right now. The Spanish International has earned a lot of praise from the fans and the media for his sizzling performances of late. He will look to awe the spectators once more, as he plans to wreak havoc for the Betis defence.
Center Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo’s comeback will steal the headline prior to the game. The Portuguese International served a five-game ban for a supposed push on the referee. He will look to get things going right away with some goals against Real Betis.
Center Forward: Gareth Bale will partner alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the two-man frontline for the home side. The Welshman, in truth, will be replacing Karim Benzema, who has been ruled out for a few weeks due to injury.
Here is how they might line up: