Real Madrid will host Rayo Vallecano for a La Liga match on Wednesday night, hoping to avoid a third straight loss in all competitions. Los Blancos will be looking to avenge a 3-2 defeat they suffered in the rematch at the Estadio de Vallecas in November of last year against their fellow Madrid-based rivals. Real Madrid lost to Valencia 1-0 in La Liga on Sunday, marking their fourth straight-away defeat in all competitions and their bitterly painful departure from the Champions League semi-final at the feet of Manchester City.
Just after the halfway point, Diego Lopez scored the game’s only goal, but the Mestalla match was marred by alleged racist taunts directed at Vinicius Junior. The game was stopped for ten minutes in the subsequent fifty percent before the Brazilian winger was dismissed in the closing moments after a brawl with the opposition. Since then, Vinicius has used social media to claim that “racism is normal in La Liga,” and Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, has offered the Los Blancos striker his “full solidarity” while adamantly stating that racism has no place in sport. Also Read:Barcelona beats 10-man Osasuna with the help of Jordi Alba’s goal.
After losing 2-1 to relegation-threatened Espanyol at home last weekend, Rayo Vallecano’s chances of playing in Europe next season were severely damaged. The visitors finally won all three points thanks to a goal from Nico Melaned shortly before the hour mark, despite Sergi Darder’s earlier goal being canceled out by Raul de Tomas’ successful conversion of a penalty in the 42nd minute.
Real Madrid Team News
Due to a ban, Real Madrid will be missing Vinicius Junior, while offensive partners Eden Hazard and Rafael Diaz are unlikely to play since they are still suffering from thigh and ankle ailments, respectively. Dani Carvajal and David Alaba are two defenders who may be recalled by Ancelotti in place of Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy. They were both benched from the starting lineup last weekend.
In the absence of Vinicus, Rodyrgo is anticipated to play on the left flank alongside Karim Benzema with a choice of Marco Asensio or Federico Valverde will play in the attack. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos will be vying for the starting spot in center-midfield alongside Aurelien Tchouameni or Eduardo Camavinga.
Rayo Vallecano Team News
Mario Suarez is going to serve the conclusion of his two-match suspension for Rayo Vallecano, but Oscar Valentin is free to play after serving a one-match suspension, and he is set to start in Pathe Ciss’ place in the center of the field. Last weekend, Esteban Saveljich returned from an ongoing injury to make the squad for the match and play on as an unused replacement.
The center-back hopes to make his first start or substitute appearance this weekend the center-back hopes to make his first start or substitute appearance since October. Behind center striker Raul de Tomas, who will be trying to preserve his spot in the starting XI ahead of Sergio Camello and Radamel Falcao, Oscar Trejo is expected to stay in the number 10 position.
Real Madrid’s possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Alaba; Kroos, Tchouameni, Modric; Asensio, Benzema, Rodrygo
Rayo Vallecano’s possible starting lineup:
Dimitrievski; Balliu, Lejeune, Catena, F. Garcia; Comesana, Valentin; Palazon, Trejo, A. Garcia; De Tomas
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