Real Madrid vs Granada Zidane springs another surprise
After a nightmare week in the Champions League, Real Madrid are back in action against Granada on Saturday afternoon with Alphonse Areola back between the goalposts for his third Los Blancos appearance.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has issues on the left side with Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Nacho all out. As a result, Dani Carvajal will fill in on the opposite flank to his usual, which means Alvaro Odriozola will take the reigns on the right.
Luka Modric is again rested and Fede Valverde will start in midfield, while Gareth Bale returns to the line-up after being left out against Club Brugge. He will form a front three with Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid: Areola; Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde; Hazard, Bale, Benzema.
Granada: Rui Silva; Victor Diaz, Duarte, German, Neva; Azeez, Yangel Herrera, Montoro, Antonio Puertas; Machis, Soldado.