CONFIRMED lineups: Real Madrid vs Betis, 2017 La Liga

Luka Modric and Karim Benzema share a joke as they train in the Madrid sunshine

Though Gareth Bale will be serving ban for his red card against Las Palmas, Real Madrid have the ammunition to replace him with the likes of Alvaro Morata constantly pushing for a place in the starting XI.

Madrid trail Barcelona by a point at the top of La Liga, but have a game in hand over their title rivals. While Real Madrid hasn't solved all its problems yet, they still should be able to handle this challenge from the 14th place team.

With Barcelona in the lead by just a single point, Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, and crew will now engage in the "Battle of the Real", taking on Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. We can't play every three days in the same way, with the same intensity and determination.

"But that is normal". We want to win it this year.

Finally, Athletic travel with increased doubts over whether or not Ernesto Valverde will continue as coach next season, but with striker Aritz Aduriz recovered from a hamstring injury for a game in which personality as much as form is often the deciding factor.

The Sun claim Hazard has no intention of leaving the Premier League leaders but would be willing to move to the Bernabeu if Chelsea choose to sell him.

The Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Club Bilbao will have a lot to say if one or both of the two clubs play in Europe next season.

According to Squawka, the 26-year-old has completed more take-ons than any other player in that period, with 388.

Overall Real Madrid are favourite, and even if Real Betis manages a draw, it will be a huge upset in the La Liga.

"But I do not view it like that".

While, Zinedine Zidane's charges romped to a 4-1 win over Eibar in the previous La Liga clash last weekend.

"I'm not anxious by our first half even though it's true we should have done better", he said.

"We know that we annoy certain people, but that is not going to change".

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