Real Madrid return to La Liga on Wednesday after winning the Club World Cup in Rabat (Morocco), where they beat Al Ahly of Egypt and Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia.
The trophy will have boosted morale in the squad as they look to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table.
The Blaugrana’s win away to Villarreal moved them 11 points clear, with Madrid playing in Morcco.
Madrid must now win at home against La Liga’s bottom side if they want to keep their chances in the league alive.
Vinícius will not be available for Los Blancos against Elche at the Santiago Bernabéu due to an accumulation of yellow cards, which will lead to a change in attack.
Predicted Real Madrid XI vs Elche
AS predict that Carlo Ancelotti will field the following starting XI vs Elche on Wednesday night:
Lunin – Carvajal, Militao, Rüdiger, Alaba – Modric, Tchouaméni, Ceballos – Asensio, Benzema, Rodrygo.
The match gets underway at 9 pm local time in Spain.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN