This is Real Madrid’s 52nd and final match of 2022, a year which saw them lift the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, La Liga and a 14th Champions League title.
Despite all of that, los Blancos did not spend Christmas Day top of the tree, as they’re currently two points below Barcelona.
That’s because, just before the World Cup, Carlo Ancelotti’s team were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona, before suffering a shock 3-2 defeat at Rayo Vallecano.
With their next four against Villarreal, Athletic Club, Real Sociedad and Valencia, the champions will not want to drop points in Castilla y León.
Real Valladolid meantime, as a newly-promoted club, find themselves 12th, six points clear of danger.
Blanquivioletas won their last three home games prior to the break, enjoying victories over Celta Vigo, Real Sociedad and Elche.
Since, Pacheta’s team have also eliminated Barbadás and Arenas Club de Getxo from the Copa del Rey, so may be more match-sharp than their visitors.
Nevertheless, most would expect a routine Real Madrid victory at Estadio José Zorrilla.