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[Image] Ramos and Marcelo out? Predicted 4-3-3 Real Madrid XI to face Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane

Predicted Real Madrid XI to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League

Real Madrid will begin their assault on the Champions League once again as they square off against Shakhtar Donetsk. The Blancos will be hoping to return to winning ways as they suffered a shock loss in their last game versus Cadiz.

Shakhtar will have some problems of their own with several of their players out due to COVID. Nonetheless, they are coming off a 5-1 victory over Lviv and are yet to lose this season. The game can be expected to be a cagey affair.

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Real Madrid are dealing with a slew of injuries with the likes of Eden Hazard, Mariano Diaz, Dani Carvajal and Martin Odegaard confirmed to be out of the fixture. There are also a few doubtful ones such as Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Odriozola.

Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match against Club Brugge last October.
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match against Club Brugge last October. (Getty Images)

A lot of the team selection will be keeping in mind El Clasico at the weekend. Expect Zidane to throw some curveballs in terms of team selection.

Probable Real Madrid XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Thibaut Courtois (GK)

The undisputed No.1 for Madrid, Courtois will be hoping to start this campaign with a clean sheet.

Nacho (RB)

Madrid’s utility man, Nacho might have to cover for Carvajal and Odriozola and slot in on the right.

Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Eder Militao gestures during the Spanish league football match RCD Mallorca against Real Madrid CF at the Iberostar estadi stadium in Palma de Mallorca on October 19, 2019. (Getty Images)
Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Eder Militao gestures during the Spanish league football match RCD Mallorca against Real Madrid CF at the Iberostar estadi stadium in Palma de Mallorca on October 19, 2019. (Getty Images)

Eder Militao (CB)

Ramos is unlikely to be risked in this fixture with the Clasico at the weekend. That leaves it open for Militao to take up the position.

Raphael Varane (CB)

Varane will be hoping to forget his last Champions League game where his errors gifted Manchester City a victory.

Ferland Mendy (LB)

With Marcelo becoming error-prone by each game, Mendy is the clear choice for Zidane.

Toni Kroos (CM)

There can be no doubts about the German playing. Reliable as ever, his passing will be vital to Madrid’s progression from defence to attack.

Toni Kroos took up the Federer challenge
Toni Kroos of Real Madrid looks on during the Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid CF (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Federico Valverde (CM)

The youngster might be given the nod ahead of Modric, again for Clasico reasons.

Casemiro (CDM)

The Brazilian will be tasked with protecting the backline as usual.

Rodrygo (RW)

It was a difficult choice between Asensio and Rodrygo. We decided to go with Rodrygo in the end.

Karim Benzema (CF)

The veteran striker is likely to lead the line for Los Blancos and will be hoping to get on the score sheet.

Vinicius Jr. (LW)

With Hazard still out, the onus will be on Vinicius to provide pace and attacking threat from the left.

Son Heung-min

Man United signing this 28-year-old PL superstar would be a top move by Woodward

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