Venue: Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
Kick-off: 07:30 AM GMT / 2:00 PM EST
Keylor Navas had very little to do during Madrid’s 6-0 victory over Espanyol last weekend and with Granada having scored only 24 goals so far this season, the Costa Rican should not be too worried heading into Sunday’s encounter.
That said though, Navas cannot afford to be complacent and it will be of paramount importance for the 29-year old to keep full concentration throughout the course of the match in order to avoid a potential upset.
The Real Madrid backline seems to have had more stability when the quartet of Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal lineup and Zidane should see no reason why he needs to change things around in defence anytime soon.
With Pepe still struggling with injury, it is widely expected that the same defensive lineup which started against Espanyol will be featuring in the encounter with Granada as well.
Gareth Bale is still sidelined due to injury and this means that James Rodriguez will continue in the starting lineup.
James has impressed during the absence of Bale and he will look to make it as difficult as possible for Zidane to leave him out by putting in another good performance, even when the Welsh superstar eventually returns to full fitness.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have performed exceptionally well and their place in the starting lineup is in no doubt whatsoever. The likes of Casimero and Mateo Kovacic are expected to make the bench.
Cristiano Ronaldo hit back at his critics with a wonderful hattrick during the 6-0 victory over Espanyol and the Portuguese superstar would surely want to continue in the same vein against Granada as well.
Karim Benzema also got into the act with a well taken goal and will look to find the net once again this weekend, while Isco will be completing the attacking trio in a bit of a withdrawn role.
Real Madrid Probable Lineup: Navas; Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Mordic, Kroos, Isco; James, Benzema, Ronaldo