Real Madrid vs. Elche: Preview and TV schedule

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Los Blancos must stay focused on the league with a Champions League game looming in the mid-week.

Real Madrid will go for their 15th straight league victory at home as they welcome Elche to the Bernabéu. Madrid are sitting in second place, tied on points with the leaders Barcelona and third place Atlético Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti optimistically included suspended Cristiano Ronaldo on his match day roster, hoping that their appeal to the Spanish Sports Disciplinary committee will be upheld before the match. Ronaldo is scheduled to serve the third game of his three match ban after an altercation with Athletic Bilbao's Carlos Gurpegui that earned him a red card. Ancelotti has hinted he might rest a couple players with his team facing their first Champions League Round of 16 match next week.

Elche's first season after promotion from the second division has been a bit up and down, but successful for the most part. Los Franjiverdes are four points clear of the drop zone and are unbeaten in the last three league matches. The played Madrid tough in the first meeting of the season, falling 2-1 at home.

Real Madrid injuries and suspensions

Out: Cristiano Ronaldo (suspended), Sami Khedira (knee).

Elche injuries and suspensions

Out: None.

Ronaldo is supposed to serve the final game of a three match ban, while Sami Khedira is rehabbing from an ACL injury.

Projected lineups

Real Madrid: Diego López,Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Raphaël Varane, Marcelo, Asier Illaramendi, Luka Modrić, Ángel Di María, Gareth Bale, Jesé, Karim Benzema

Elche: Toño, Damián Suárez, Alberto Botía, David Lombán, Domingo Cisma, Rubén Pérez, Carlos Sánchez, Manu del Moral, Coro, Fidal, Carlos Gil

Match Date/Time: 4 p.m. local, 10 a.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain

TV: beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 3 (U.K.), Canal+ Liga (Spain)

Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), beIN Sports Play (Canada), Gol Stadium (Spain)

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