Real Madrid, a team which has hit a tough spot, will head across to the Mendizorrotza Stadium to take on a relegation-battling Alaves in La Liga. The reigning Spanish champions were knocked out of the Spanish Super Cup by Athletic Bilbao and their Copa del Rey campaign came to a screeching halt by third-division Alcoyano.
For Alaves, centre-back Rodrigo Ely will not be available as he sustained a ligament rupture last month and hence, will miss the remainder of the campaign. Alberto Rodriguez is now available after he served his suspension.
For Real Madrid, they will be without Rodrygo and Daniel Carvajal for the Basque Country trip as both of them are currently injured. The first-team players that include Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, and Marco Asensio are all expected to feature in the starting XI.
Alaves Probable Starting Line up): Fernando Pacheco; Ximo Navarro, Victor Laguardia, Florian Lejeune, Ruben Duarte; Martin Aguirregabiria, Tomas Pina, Rodrigo Battaglia, Luis Rioja; Joselu, Edgar Mendez.
Real Madrid Probable Starting Line up: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were beaten in extra time 2-1 by Alcoyano, a side that play in Spain’s regionalised third-tier, and having also been knocked out of the Spanish Super Cup last week, Los Blancos are certainly at a low ebb.