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

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Real Madrid will face off against Athletic Bilbao at the King Fahd International Stadium on Sunday night as they look to pick up a win and lift the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Los Blancos managed to earn a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Barcelona in the last round which will keep them in high spirits ahead of this highly-anticipated cup final.

Carlo Ancelotti will opt for a 4-3-3 formation and could make a couple of tweaks to his first XI for this game. Both Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo are expected to play from the start as Ancelotti looks to freshen up his attack.

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

Defence

Thibaut Courtois will operate in between the sticks for Los Blancos after shipping in a couple of goals versus Barca in his last appearance. Nacho will resume his partnership with Eder Militao at the heart of Real Madrid’s back as they try to keep the Bilbao attackers at bay during the 90 minutes.

Lucas Vazquez will function at right-back while Ferland Mendy gets the nods to impress as the left-back. Ancelotti would give both his full-backs the freedom to get forward and express themselves in the opposition half.

Jesús Vallejo will offer cover for the centre-back positions on the bench.

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Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema reacts during the Spanish Super Cup semi-final football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the King Fahd International stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh on January 12, 2022. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP) (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Midfield

Ancelotti’s midfield will be comprised of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric as they focus on dominating the midfield battle and creating enough chances to win the final.

Federico Valverde will be available for selection on the bench and might come on to influence the game in the second half if needed.

Attack

Vinicius Junior will be expected to make a difference as the left-sided wide player while Rodrygo gets a chance to catch the eye from the right. Karim Benzema will spearhead Ancelotti’s attack down the middle. The French striker will be eager to get his name on the scoresheet and win the cup for Los Blancos this weekend.

Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic will have to be content with a place on the bench as they wait for their chance to make an impact in the latter stages if required.

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