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Valverde And Vazquez To Start | 4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup Vs Athletic Bilbao

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Real Madrid will welcome Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday night as they hope to secure another win in front of their home fans. Los Blancos managed to grind out a 2-1 victory over Sevilla last weekend which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this La Liga clash.

Carlo Ancelotti will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and could make a couple of changes to his starting XI for this game. Both Federico Valverde and Lucas Vazquez could play from the start while Luka Modric and Marco Asensio drop to Ancelotti’s bench.

4-3-3 Real Madrid Predicted Lineup To Face Athletic Bilbao

Defence

Thibaut Courtois will function in between the sticks for Los Blancos after shipping in one goal versus Sevilla in his last league outing. David Alaba will once again operate along with Eder Militao at the centre of Real Madrid‘s backline as they look to restrict the Bilbao attackers from scoring in midweek.

Daniel Carvajal will get the nod to start at right-back while Ferland Mendy hoped to give a good account of himself as the left-back. Ancelotti will ask both his full-backs to pick and choose their moments to get forward so that they can offer decent service to the front players.

Nacho and Marcelo will have to settle for a spot on the bench as they provide cover for the defensive spots.

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MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 28: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring their side’s second goal during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 28, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Ancelotti’s midfield could be comprised of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Federico Valverde. All three of them will have to be at the top of their game if the Madrid giants are to collect all three points in midweek.

Luka Modric could be handed a rest on the bench but might come on to influence the game in the second 45 minutes if needed.

Attack

Vinicius Junior scored the match-winner versus Sevilla with a memorable strike from long range. Hence, he will be full of confidence when he laces up to face off against the Bilbao defenders this Wednesday night. Lucas Vazquez could get a rare chance to impress on the right flank while Karim Benzema will lead the charge for Los Blancos down the middle.

Both Eden Hazard and Rodrygo are major doubts for this game but Luka Jovic will definitely be fit for a place on the bench.

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