Real Madrid will be looking to go top of La Liga when they travel to Elche on Saturday at 1pm (UK time).
Carlo Ancelotti’s men are currently three points behind early leaders Real Sociedad, who have played a game more, but will overtake La Real if they manage to get all three points here (at least until Sunday). Elche, meanwhile, are in poor form down in 15th and are without a win in their past three league matches, while also only emerging victorious in one of their past six.
Elche vs Real Madrid live stream:
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Where to watch Elche vs Real Madrid on TV:
- UK: LaLigaTV
- US: ESPN+
Elche vs Real Madrid confirmed line-ups and team news:
- Elche: Casilla; Palacios, Roco, Bigas, Mojica; Fidel, Mascarell, Guti, Pastore; Perez, Boye.
- Real Madrid: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Rodrygo, Diaz, Vinicius.
Real Madrid have made five changes from their draw against Osasuna in midweek, with Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga all dropping down. Elche, meanwhile, have made just one change from their defeat at Alaves with Javier Pastore replacing Tete Morente.
Can Real Madrid manage without Karim Benzema?
Karim Benzema has been the man for Real Madrid this season but they will have to make do without the Frenchman for their visit to Elche. Benzema has been ruled out due to a foot injury, and this will be the first game he has missed this season across all competitions.
When Benzema has been on the pitch, he’s been phenomenal, scoring 11 goals in 13 games including nine in La Liga. Not only that, Benzema has also recorded eight assists, with a league-high seven coming in La Liga.
With 15 goal involvements in total in La Liga, Benzema has been responsible for 62.5% of Real Madrid’s goals so far this season and the Frenchman alone has played a part in more goals than 12 teams.
After Benzema things do run a little thin for the Real Madrid squad and the goalscoring responsibilities may fall upon left-winger Vinicius Jr. The Brazilian has been directly involved in seven goals for Real Madrid in La Liga this season, scoring five and recording two assists, and is among the first names on Ancelotti’s team sheet.
“He’s good,” Ancelotti said of Vinicius.
“He’s very young and he recovers physically better than some of the others. When he gets any problems or his level drops, we’ll use him off the bench. We’re pleased with him and his performances now and he’ll continue until he needs a rest or his level drops off.”
But once you get past Benzema and Vinicius, Marcos Asensio and centre-back David Alaba are next for goal involvements with three each – while 13 different players have either one goal or one assist. It may be enough for the game against Elche, but Real Madrid will want Benzema back soon.
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