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How Real Madrid could line up against Rayo Vallecano

Sports Mole takes a look at how Real Madrid could line up in Saturday's La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano.

Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday's shock Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow when they welcome Rayo Vallecano to the Bernabeu on Saturday night.

Los Blancos were booed off the field by their own supporters on Wednesday night, with CSKA completing a Champions League group-stage double over the reigning European champions.

Santiago Solari's side had already booked their spot in the next round as group winners though, and they will be looking for their third straight La Liga win this weekend.

As it stands, the capital giants are fourth in La Liga, two points off second-placed Sevilla but five points from division leaders Barcelona.

Here, Sports Mole looks at how Madrid could line up in front of their own supporters.


POSS RM XI vs. RAYO

Out: Nacho (knee), Casemiro (ankle)

Nacho and Casemiro remain on the sidelines for Madrid, but Toni Kroos made his comeback from a knee problem in the defeat to CSKA.

Kroos should return to the starting XI alongside Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos in a midfield position, while Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal will also return to the starting team this weekend.

Lucas Vazquez has arguably been Real's best attacker in recent weeks, and the Spaniard will make the side having not featured against CSKA.

Gareth Bale picked up an ankle problem during the second half of Wednesday's affair, but the Welshman should be fit to start alongside Karim Benzema in attack.

Isco, though, was booed off by the club's fans against CSKA, and the Spaniard is unlikely to feature.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico19108127131438
3Sevilla1996431201133
4Real Madrid1910362824433
5AlavesAlaves199552219332
6Getafe197752116528
7Real Betis197572223-126
8Real Sociedad197482322125
9GironaGirona195952123-224
10Espanyol197392127-624
11Valencia1941141717023
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca1925121736-1911

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