Real Madrid resume their La Liga campaign on Sunday looking to hunt down rivals FC Barcelona in what promises to be a compelling title race.
After the enforced break due to coronavirus, Los Blancos will hope to continue applying pressure and make the conclusion to the domestic season in Spain worth the wait.
Zinedine Zidane will be bullish about his side’s chances, despite Barcelona already opening up the lead at the top to five points, after recovering Eden Hazard from what appeared to be at the time season-ending ankle surgery in February.
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It means the French manager has a series of intriguing decisions to make as he continues to restructure a Real Madrid side packed with both young talent and proven world class players.
Here are the predicted line-ups for the first game back at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
When is it and what time does it start?
The match will begin at 6:30pm at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Sunday 14 June.
How can I watch it online and on TV? Is there a live stream?
All La Liga matches will be available free to Sky customers via LaLigaTV on channel 435. You can download the Premier Player app and stream the game on desktop or mobile devices.
What is the team news?
Eden Hazard is primed to return for Los Blancos after initially fearing his season was over in February following ankle surgery.
Zidane has a plethora of options to consider alongside the Belgian to join Karim Benzema in the front three, including: Gareth Bale, Lucas Vazquez, the fit-again Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.
Zidane may opt to put Luka Modric on the bench with a trident of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde preferred. While Nacho and Luka Jovic are out injured.
What are the predicted line-ups?
Real Madrid predicted XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde; Isco; Hazard, Benzema
Eibar predicted XI: Dmitrovic; Arbilla, Oliveira, Bigas, Cote; Leon, Diop, Cristoforo, Orellana; Enrich, Charles
What are the odds?
Real Madrid: 1/4
After recovering Eden Hazard, expect Zinedine Zidane’s side to come out fast as La Liga returns, especially with Barcelona already a further three points clear. With competition all over the pitch in what might be the deepest squad in world football, they cannot afford a sluggish start if they hope to hunt down Barcelona.
We’ll opt for a 3-0 home win here in what should signal the start of a fascinating conclusion to the title race.
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