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Real Madrid v Celta Vigo - Preview and possible line-ups

Pin Bale is likely to return to action after serving a suspension against Sevilla. EFE
Bale is likely to return to action after serving a suspension against Sevilla. EFE

Real Madrid v Celta Vigo - Preview and possible line-ups

On Saturday, third-place Real Madrid will welcome mid-table Celta Vigo to the Bernabeu in their last home game of the season. We take a look ahead to the fixture.

Real Madrid: 

Although Zinedine Zidane's side have already secured Champions League football for next season, they're unlikely to take their foot of the pedal for this tie. Just three points behind Atlético with two games to go, there's an exciting two-horse race on for La Liga's 'best of the rest' spot. 

After spraining his ankle against Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sit this one out. Other than the legendary No. 7, Dani Carvajal is sidelined whilst Gareth Bale returns from suspension. 

Celta Vigo: 

Celta are playing for La Liga status now. Plonked in the middle of the table, the best the Galicians can hope for is a few leapfrogs and a top-10 finish. Boasting two 2-2 draws against league champions Barcelona this season, Celta certainly know how to raise their game against the top teams. 

Dortmund loanee Emre Mor is a doubt for Saturday's clash. Sisto also misses out with a muscle tear but star striker Iago Aspas is expected to be available for selection following a hamstring injury. 

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane: 

"It’s the last game of the season at our stadium and we want to give our fans one last treat by winning the match."

Celta Vigo boss Juan Carlos Unzué: 

"Nobody wants to lose, nor show their weaknesses against such a rival in a stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu. We know we'll have to play at the highest level if we're to get a result."

Did you know?

'Los Blancos' are currently averaging 3.6 goals a game at the Bernabeu. Things might get messy for Celta who are without a win in five. 

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Navas; Marcelo, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Kroos, Casemiro; Isco; Bale, Mayoral. 

Celta Vigo: Álvarez; Castro, Cabral, S. Gómez, Mallo; Sánchez, Lobotka; Méndez, Wass, Aspas; M. Gómez.

Thomas Davidson

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