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CONFIRMED lineups: Real Madrid vs Villarreal, La Liga

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Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas; Marcelo, Pepe, Varane, Carvajal; Isco, Kroos, Lucas Silva; Ronaldo, Bale; Benzema

Villarreal CF Projected XI: Asenjo, Mario, Bailly, Dorado, Costa, Pina, Sergio Marcos, Moi Gómez, Campbell, Gerard, Gio.

As expected, Ancelotti doesn't make any rotations and goes after what could be a very important win. This lack of rotations might end up hurting the team's condition later in the season, but it's true that Real Madrid enjoyed a full week to prepare for this match, so there's no reason for benching some starters right now.

It will be interesting to see how Real Madrid defend Villarreal's brilliant transition offense, but Varane and Pepe are fast enough to dismantle most of their efforts. Gareth Bale will also be on the spotlight, as he's on a goalscoring draught. As long as Real Madrid defend well, their firepower upfront should be good enough to bring the three points home and increase the lead over FC Barcelona to 4 points once again.