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Real Madrid-Villarreal GAMETHREAD

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Barcelona are winning big, Atleti just took the lead at San Mames as I post this, so Madrid must win today. Let's see if a certain yellow-clad "village club" can do something about that!

You'd think they could spell our name right, wouldn't you????  WE just get no respect....
You'd think they could spell our name right, wouldn't you???? WE just get no respect....
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Madrid lineup: Keylor; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Lucas Vazquez, Benzema, Ronaldo.

About the strongest XI they could put out there.

Villarreal is going with: Asenjo; Mario, Bonera, Bailly, Ruka; Dos Santos, Bruno, Trigueros, Denis; Adrián, Bakambu.

So resting Ruiz (a fitness doubt) and Mario Gaspar, who had a subpar match against Rayo, is not starting either.   Marcelino released this lineup very late (30 minutes after Madrid's) so I wonder if there were last minute concerns.

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