Bale To Return, Benzema Leads The Line | 4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup Vs Valencia

Real Madrid will take on Valencia at the Mestalla Stadium on Sunday night hoping to claim maximum points on the road. Los Blancos are currently behind their rivals Barcelona at the top of the La Liga standings as they have an inferior goal difference. Hence, Zidane Zidane would hope that his players can seal a victory in style so that they can put the pressure back on Barca heading into next week’s epic showdown between the two teams at the Nou Camp.

The Galacticos will opt for a 4-3-3 formation with Gareth Bale expected to start in place of Rodrygo this weekend.

4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup To Face Valencia

Defence

Thibaut Courtois will return in between the sticks for Los Blancos after being rested in his team’s 3-1 win over Club Brugge in midweek. Zidane will likely play Sergio Ramos alongside Raphael Varane at the heart of the Madrid backline after the pair managed to keep a clean sheet versus Espanyol last weekend.

Dani Carvajal is a nailed-on starter in the right-back position as he tries to cause a few problems for Valencia going forward. Marcelo is not available due to injury while Ferland Mendy is suspended for this clash. Hence, Zidane might be forced to unleash Nacho as a makeshift left-back.

The Madrid giants have a fantastic defensive record in the La Liga after allowing just 11 goals in 15 league matches thus far. They will look to improve that record by denying the Valencia attackers too many opportunities on Sunday night.

Midfield

The talented trio of Federico Valverde, Casemiro and Toni Kroos will likely play together at the Mestalla this weekend. All three midfielders will hope to dominate the opposition and orchestrate some decent chances for the front players.

Luka Modric might have to settle for a spot on the bench despite his goal-scoring display versus Brugge in midweek.

Attack

Eden Hazard is out with an ankle injury so Zidane will have no choice but to play the in-form Vinicius Junior on the left flank. Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale will join the Brazilian winger as part of the Madrid frontline.

Benzema has been scoring goals for fun this season so he will be confident about registering his name on the scoresheet versus Albert Celades’ side this weekend.

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Abhinab Ghosh

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.