Dogged by poor results, internal conflict and injuries, the defending Liga champions return to Liga action hoping to turn the corner against Philippe Montanier's side.
Essien, Albiol, Varane, Arbeloa
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Estrada, Gonzalez, I Martinez, De La Bella
Vela, Prieto, Griezmann
Real Madrid have a host of defensive problems heading into Sunday's Primera Division clash with Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Fabio Coentrao (thigh), Pepe, Marcelo (both ankle) and Sergio Ramos (suspension) are out, but Raul Albiol, Raphael Varane and Gonzalo Higuain all return from spells on the sidelines.
Boss Jose Mourinho is under pressure to restore captain Iker Casillas to the starting line-up, after the Spain international was surprisingly dropped in favour of Antonio Adan for the 3-2 defeat at Malaga.
Real Sociedad are set to be without defender Carlos Martinez, who is struggling with a hip problem.
Midfielder Gorka Elustondo has recovered from a foot injury that has sidelined him since August and is likely to be named on the bench, but Asier Illarramendi is a minor doubt.