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Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
When: 19:00 GMT
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Real Madrid are once again without Cristiano Ronaldo for the visit of Real Valladolid to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The Portuguese superstar had to be substituted early in the first half against Almeria in La Liga last weekend due to a hamstring injury, and needs to recuperate for around two weeks as a result.
That means the mantle falls to Gareth Bale to score the goals in Ronaldo’s stead, and the Welsh flyer has made a brilliant start to his Real Madrid career upon recovering to full fitness.
Bale has scored four goals and supplied five assists in his six starts and two substitute appearances in the Spanish top flight so far, showing that he has almost as much of a decisive impact as Ronaldo in crunch situations.
Bale will likely combine with Isco and Angel Di Maria behind Karim Benzema up front, after the four of them helped Real Madrid to a 4-1 victory over Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League – despite being down to ten men for most of the match after Sergio Ramos was sent off.
Valladolid boast a strong defensive unit though, with Carlos Pena and Marc Valiente, and Javi Guerra is always a threat in front of goal.