Real Madrid vs Napoli lineups, starting 11s, team news for Champions League match as Osimhen returns

Real Madrid vs Napoli lineups, starting 11s, team news for Champions League match as Osimhen returns

Despite the likelihood of a Champions League night against his former club Napoli at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 29, Carlo Ancelotti is expected to be cautious in his team selection.

Real Madrid’s four consecutive victories have already booked their spot in the Round of 16 for 2024, and the legendary Italian is missing a slew of injured stars for the visit of the reigning Serie A winners.

With a tough slate of La Liga games ahead of them until the end of 2023, Ancelotti will rest certain Madrid players in this encounter to keep them fresh for league activity in the coming weeks.

Napoli still have work to do to seal their spot in the knockout stages and new boss Walter Mazzarri is boosted by some key returns from injury for the trip to Madrid.

Real Madrid vs Napoli lineups

Ancelotti’s first-choice starting XI is currently unavailable due to injury, with Thibaut Courtois, Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Arda Güler not anticipated to return until 2024.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is expected to be rested for the weekend match against Granada, while Jude Bellingham and Luka Modric have both been cleared to play and likely start in midfield.

The big news for Napoli is the return from injury of star striker Victor Osimhen, and Mazzarri is eager to get the Nigerian international started in Madrid.

The following are the predicted starting lineups for both sides ahead of their Champions League encounter on November 29 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid vs Napoli lineups, starting 11s, team news for Champions League match as Osimhen returns

Real Madrid starting 11

(4-2-3-1): Lunin (GK) — Vazquez, Rudiger, Nacho, Garcia  — Ceballos, Modric — Valverde, Bellingham, Paz — Joselu.

  • Injured: Courtois, Vinicius Jr, Militao, Tchouameni, Camavinga, Güler, Kepa (doubtful)
  • Suspended: None

Due to his lack of options, Ancelotti will have to keep Bellingham in the team, despite his recent return from a shoulder issue. Squad players such as Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos and Joselu will be vital in helping Real Madrid get through to December break.

Napoli starting 11

(4-3-3): Meret (GK) — Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Natan, Olivera — Lobotka, Anguissa, Zielinski — Politano, Osmihen, Kvaratskhelia.

  • Injured: Rui, Lindstrøm.
  • Suspended: None

Mathias Olivera is set to cover for Mario Rui at left back for Napoli, with Osimhen included in a first choice attack, alongside his old partner Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Real Madrid vs Napoli live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Champions League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

TV channel Streaming
USA TUDN USA, Univision Paramount+, ViX, Univision NOW
UK TNT Sports 3 discovery+
Australia  — Stan Sport
Canada  — DAZN
India  — Sony LIV, JioTV
New Zealand  — beIN Sports Connect
Malaysia beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, sooka
Singapore beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV+
Hong Kong beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect

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