Kick off: 3 January 22:30
Info: Villarreal will be without the services of skipper Mario Gaspar following his red card in the draw with Huesca last time out. Bruno Soriano and Manuel Iturra remain on the sidelines for the Yellow Submarine, but Santi Cazorla should return to the team having been left out against Huesca. There should also be a spot in the XI for in-demand attacker Samuel Chukwueze. The 19-year-old, who has been linked with Arsenal, has scored six times in all competitions for his Spanish club this season. As for Real Madrid, Mariano Diaz will definitely miss the match with a back problem. A thigh injury is expected to rule Marco Asensio out, meanwhile, which harms Solari’s options in the final third of the field. Casemiro returned from an ankle problem during the Club World Cup, but Marcos Llorente’s excellent form in the middle of the park should see the Spaniard continue alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Lucas Vazquez is expected to keep his spot in the final third after showing some impressive form in recent weeks.
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