Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema ought to start while Dani Carvajal is back in contention as Real Madrid face off against Cadiz in 2020/21 La Liga.
As the dust settles on the botched breakaway European Super League, Real Madrid will be aiming to turn their focus back to on-field matters as they travel to Estadio Ramon de Carranza to take on Cadiz in La Liga on Wednesday.
Heading into the game, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been treated with mixed updates on the team news front. The good news comes in the form of Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal returning to the squad having recovered completely from their issues. “Varane and Carvajal are fine and will be back tomorrow, that’s good news,” Zidane confirmed in his pre-match press conference.
However, Luka Modric misses out with a back issue, joining fellow midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde out on the sidelines. In addition to that, Eden Hazard is still not 100% fit to make a return while Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy also remain absent for the trip to Cadiz this midweek.
There will be a few changes made to the side that took the field in the goalless draw against Getafe last time out. Varane, now fit, should slot right back into the lineup alongside Eder Militao, who has impressed of late, at the heart of the Real Madrid defence. Youngster Victor Chust will be the one to make way for the Frenchman.
Even though Carvajal is back, it is unlikely that he will be risked from the start. Instead, Nacho, returning after serving his one-game suspension, ought to get the nod at right-back while Marcelo continues on the left side of the Real Madrid defence in Mendy’s absence.
Casemiro is also back into the squad after serving his one-match ban following the sending off against Barcelona. He will have a huge role to play in the middle of the park, with both Kroos and Modric unavailable. The Brazilian should have Isco as his partner in the double pivot, although the former Malaga man will look to push forward and take up more advanced positions.
Rodrygo Goes, Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior should all hold on to their places in the side, forming a fluid attacking trifecta just in behind the centre-forward, where Karim Benzema ought to return after making a substitute appearance against Getafe. Mariano Diaz will make way for the French goalscorer.
Real Madrid Predicted XI: Courtois; Nacho, Varane, Militao, Marcelo; Casemiro, Isco; Rodrygo, Asensio, Vinicius; Benzema