VALENCIA (Sporting Alert) — Leaders Real Madrid return to action in the Spanish La Liga on Sunday when they travel to Mestalla to take on Valencia.
All the big names have been selected in the starting lineup by manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is bracing for a tough clash against the home side.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Isco, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are all in the starting XI as they seek to continue on their good form from 2014.
Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has also been passed fit to play after being a doubt for the game on Saturday with a slight injury.
He will play alongside Pepe in the center-back, while Raphael Varane is on the substitutes bench.
Completing the starting lineup are Iker Casillas, Dani Carvajal, Pepe and Marcelo.
Among those on the bench for Real Madrid in today’s game are Sami Khedira, Javier Hernandez and Asier Illarramendi.
Alvaro Negredo will lead the attack for Valencia, with Paco Alcacer to support him in the goalscoring hunt.
Enzo Perez, Pablo Piatti, Andre Gomes, Shkodran Mustafi and Nicolas Otamendi also start for the host in a very strong looking lineup.
Valencia are fifth in La Liga with 31 points from 16 games.
Real Madrid are top of the standings on 39 points.
Valencia vs. Real Madrid
Valencia: Diego Alves, Antonio Barragan, Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Orban, Nicolas Otamendi, Andre Gomes, Daniel Parejo, Enzo Perez, Pablo Piatti, Paco Alcacer, Alvaro Negredo.
Real Madrid: Iker Casillas, Daniel Carvajal, Marcelo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Isco, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo