Predicted XI

Hazard and Ramos back? - How Real Madrid could line up against Elche

Zinedine Zidane will likely be able to call upon the services of two of his returning superstars, but it'll probably be from the bench

10:48am on Friday 12th March 2021
Martin Macdonald

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane will attempt to give some minutes to Eden Hazard and Sergio Ramos this weekend in the league match against Elche.

Hazard hasn't played since the end of January, while club captain Ramos has missed even more action, with his last game coming against Athletic Bilbao on 14 January.

It is unlikely we'll see both of these players from the start, as Zidane will be keen to avoid any further injury setbacks as we head into the business end of the season, with Los Blancos also facing Atalanta in the Champions League next midweek.

Two likely absentees will be Mariano Diaz and Dani Carvajal, and with the latter missing, that will mean a start at right-back for Lucas Vazquez again.

Nacho, Raphael Varane, and Ferland Mendy will make up the remaining spots in the back four.

Real Madrid didn't have a midweek game to contend with after the hard-fought 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid last weekend, so the veteran midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro should be fresh enough to start again.

Federico Valverde came on in the 60th minute in the Madrid derby and is pushing as hard as he can to break into that triopoly in midfield, but will probably have to settle for a place on the bench again.

Karim Benzema is a definite starter and scored the vital equalising goal against Atletico last week, and will probably be flanked by Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior, with the Brazilian replacing his compatriot Rodrygo.

Real Madrid predicted XI against Elche

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 6 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 6 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 6 months

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 6 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 6 months

Most read