Schalke 04 vs. Real Madrid: Lineups

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Dani Carvajal and Gareth Bale both start for Real Madrid, while pre-match doubt Benedikt Höwedes makes Schalke's 11.

There aren't any real surprises in either Schalke 04 or Real Madrid's starting lineups for their big Champions League meet in Gelsenkirchen tonight.

However, Benedikt Höwedes -- who was an early doubt for the Germans -- has been declared fit to start at right-back; given the tough task of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo quiet. Sead Kolašinac will try and do the same with Gareth Bale on the opposite side of the field. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar starts up top.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has opted to start Dani Carvajal at right-back in place of Álvaro Arbeloa, with Karim Benzema spearheading their mean attacking trio.

Schalke 04 starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ralf Fährmann; Sead Kolašinac, Felipe Santana, Joël Matip, Benedikt Höwedes; Roman Neustädter, Kevin-Prince Boateng; Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Jefferson Farfán; Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3): Iker Casillas; Marcelo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal; Ángel Di Maria, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale.

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