Casemiro-Illara-Isco for Gala

Carlo Ancelotti is expected to select Casemiro and Asier Illarramendi alongside Isco in the Real Madrid midfield tonight.

Los Blancos host Galatasaray in the fifth matchday of the Champions League group phase, with progression from Group B all but wrapped up.

On from confirmg Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane’s absence from the fixture and the likelihood of resting Xabi Alonso, speculation is that a relatively inexperienced midfield three will take to the Santiago Bernabeu turf tonight.

It is seen that Casemiro, Illarramendi and Isco will play behind an attack comprising of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, with Ronaldo’s position to be taken by either Angel di Maria or Jese Rodriguez.

Marcelo is due to return at left-back and take Alvaro Arbeloa’s place, with Dani Carvajal keeping his position at right-back.

Probable line-ups

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Illarramendi; Bale, Isco, Di Maria; Benzema

Galatasaray: Eray; Eboue, Semih, Chedjou, Riera; Felipe Mel, Selcuk; Bruma, Sneijder, Burak; Drogba

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