Will Real Madrid move top of La Liga, ahead of Barcelona’s trip to the Spanish capital on Sunday night?
In their first game post-World Cup break, los Blancos needed two late goals from Karim Benzema to see off Real Valladolid at Estadio José Zorrilla.
With Barça only drawing in the Catalan derby on New Year’s Eve, Spain’s big two are now level on points at the top of the standings.
So, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will certainly be targeting a victory here, thereby pilling the pressure back onto their rivals.
Villarreal though will be no push-overs.
El Submarino Amarillo returned to Estadio de la Cerámica in their last game, following renovation works, and did so in style.
Quique Setién’s team came from a goal down to beat local-rivals Valencia 2-1; Samu Chukwueze equalising, before Juan Foyth bagged a last-gasp winner.
That’s now back-to-back victories for Villarreal, either side of the World Cup, so they’ve climbed back up to seventh.
Both clubs reached the Copa del Rey of 16 on Tuesday night, with Villarreal hammering Cartagena 5-1.
Álex Baena, Arnaut Danjuma, José Luis Morales, Chukwueze and Étienne Capoue on target at Cartagonova.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid were made to work hard by Cacereño, eventually prevailing 1-0, with Rodrygo the match-winner.
In this La Liga clash at El Madrigal, will Real Madrid leave with all three points?