TEAM NEWS: Benzema & Higuain both start for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad

With a host of suspensions Jose Mourinho has opted to play both strikers for the visit of the Basque club as Raphael Varane is selected to feature in the Blancos defence

Jose Mourinho has named Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain in his starting line-up to face Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Higuain comes in for the suspended Mesut Ozil as Los Blancos go with two out-and-out forwards while Raphael Varane will start at centre-back with Pepe banned.

Sergio Ramos saw his suspension rescinded, so will slot in alongside the young Frenchman in defence, but Mourinho will have to watch the games from the stands due to his sanction.

Sociedad have named a defensive line-up and are expected to go with a five-man back line as Carlos Vela misses out for the Basque side.

Real Sociedad (5-4-1): Bravo; Cadamuro, Demidov, Mikel Gonzalez, I. Martinez, De la Bella; Xabi Prieto, Aranburu, Illarramendi, Griezmann; Agirretxe

Subs: Ramirez, Zurutuza, Padro, Ifran, Vela, Llorente

Real Madrid (4-2-2-2): Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuain, Benzema

Subs: Adan, Sahin, Granero, Altintop, Coentrao, Albiol, Jese