The 1-1 draw last weekend at Santiago Bernabeu against a newly-promoted Real Valladolid was enough to raise questions about the Real Madrid's title credentials.
At a time when Barcelona are playing without Lionel Messi and clearly struggling, Madrid must leverage the situation. But they failed last week, and are already playing the chasing game in the title race.
That said, there is another opportunity for the Los Blancos to make strides as the Catalan giants were once again held back to a 2-2 draw in the league, this time by the just-promoted Osasuna at El Sadar Stadium.
A win for Zinedine Zidane's team here will take the team 3 points clear of their fierce rivals on the points table.
The La Liga match will be played between Villarreal and Real Madrid at Estadio de la Cerámica, in Villarreal, Spain. The ground has a capacity of 23,000.
The game will start at 12:30 AM (IST), on Monday, September 02.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Villarreal – W L W W D L
Real Madrid – L W W L W D
Villarreal Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Villarreal Probable XI:
Fernández (GK), Peña / Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Quintilla / Moreno, Anguissa, Cazorla, Chukwueze, Iborra, Gómez, Moreno
Real Madrid FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Real Madrid Probable XI:
Courtois (GK), Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Vinicius, Benzema
Potential Game Changers, and total Dream11 points earned in the tournament:
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain options:
Karim Benzema: Picked up from where he left off last season. The former Lyon man has been on a free-scoring run ever since he moved into a more central role following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. He is an odds-on favorite to score the goal here.
Benzema's last season stats:
Samuel Chukwueze: Marcelo is set to be in for a hard time as he comes face to face with Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze who has both the pace and the physicality to trouble any defender. The 20-year-old Nigerian is already up and running for the season with a goal in the first league game.
Chukwueze's last season stats:
Santo Cazorla: With his precision and the ability to take on defenders, the 34-year-old former Arsenal man is very much a game-changer.
Cazorla's last season stats:
Moi Gomez: Looks revitalized after a successful loan spell at Huesca. Now he is very much the part of the first team plan under Javier Calleja. He has already found the back of the net against Granada.
More options from Real Madrid:
The match will be updated on India Fantasy Premium Website.
RM vs VIL Dream11 potential winner:
Real Madrid should at least get a draw here.