LaLiga Santander leaders Real Madrid are set to host reigning Europa League champions Villarreal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.
Los Blancos have dropped just two points so far this season and, since their 3-3 draw with Levante back in August, they have gone on a five-game winning run in all competitions.
Carlo Ancelotti will not have Dani Ceballos, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy at his disposal, while Marcelo and Toni Kroos are expected to be sidelined through injuries, too.
After being rested in Wednesday’s game against Real Mallorca, Luka Modric and Casemiro are expected to return to the starting line-up, where they could feature alongside either Fede Valverde or Marco Asensio, who netted a hat-trick in midweek.
Meanwhile, Villarreal star Gerard Moreno, back-up forward Dani Raba and winger Samu Chukwueze are all expected to be sidelined for Unai Emery’s side.
Villarreal registered their first win of the LaLiga Santander season against Elche on Wednesday, following four draws in their first four matches this season.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal predicted line-ups
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up: Thibaut Courtois; Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Miguel Gutierrez; Fede Valverde, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Villarreal’s predicted line-up: Sergio Asenjo; Mario Gaspar, Aissa Mandi, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupinan; Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros; Yeremi Pino, Paco Alcacer, Arnaut Danjuma.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal: When does it start?
This Saturday night’s match between Real Madrid and Villarreal kicks off at 21:00 CEST, the local time in Spain. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 15:00 ET/12:00 PT, and for those living in the UK, you can tune in at 20:00 BST.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Where to watch it?
The LaLiga Santander Matchday 7 clash between Real Madrid and Villarreal will take place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, September 25.
For those living in the USA, you can watch the game live on ESPN+ and for those living in the UK, the match will be broadcast live on LaLiga TV.