Champions Real will be seeking a first win in their league campaign when Granada visit on Sunday. They will be without suspended Portugal full-back Fabio Coentrao who has been banned for four matches, but new signing Luka Modric could make his league debut. Pepe will make his League return after suffering a head injury on the opening day and Karim Benzema is expected to replace Gonzalo Higuain. New signing Michael Essien will not feature.
Juan Antonio Anquela will field a largely unchanged line-up. Odion Ighalo has joined the club for a fourth consecutive season on loan from Udinese but will not form part of the squad that will travel to Madrid.
Aitor Karanka: "The team go into the match after winning their first title against Barcelona, and after the setbacks of the first two games, are eager to get a victory before the international break. We want to start a streak to keep us in contention for the top positions."
Juan Antonio Anquela: "We come with all the enthusiasm and desire in the world to deal with the best team, along with Barcelona, in the world. But when the machine starts up is hard to stop and they are able to score seven goals in 15 minutes because they are good at everything."
Real Madrid 1/12 Draw 9/1 Granada 22/1
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