Real Madrid get their season back underway after the La Liga winter break when struggling Real Sociedad visit the Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Los Blancos have some catching up to do in the second half of the campaign. Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are three points clear at the top of the table.
Madrid broke up for Christmas with a 10-2 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano. Will Rafael Benitez stick with the same side or make changes? Here, CaughtOffside predicts their lineup…
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GK: Keylor Navas
The Costa Rican international has kept only one clean sheet in his last eight La Liga games.
Must maintain his good recent form to keep the soon-to-be fit Dani Carvajal out of the team.
As Goal.com reports, Raphael Varane returned to training this week, but he is not expected to be rushed back into action and therefore Pepe shall retain his place.
CB: Sergio Ramos
Scored in this fixture last season as Los Blancos recovered from conceding a first-minute goal to romp to a 4-1 victory. More of the same will do nicely.
Has started more La Liga games this term than any other Real Madrid defender (13).
CM: Toni Kroos
The German World Cup winner is one of the first names on this star-studded team-sheet.
CM: Luka Modric
The Croatian midfielder was the architect behind the thrashing of Rayo. BBC may have scored the goals, but Modric was at the centre of everything from midfield.
CM: James Rodriguez
AMR: Gareth Bale
Fresh off the back of scoring four goals in a game for the first time, the Welshman should be full of confidence ahead of Sociedad’s visit to the capital.
AML: Cristiano Ronaldo
The Ballon d’Or holder scored 55 goals throughout an outstanding 2015 and will be hoping to see out the year with another handful. Odds on a hat-trick?
ST: Karim Benzema
Had a torrid first half of the season for one reason or another. Will be hopeful that his football can do the talking in the second half of the campaign.
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