ofHuntelaar andLassanaDiarra, Daniel Parejo has also been recalled from QPR and there is a possibilityof a third signing, which I think is the most important and that is of a right sided midfield player.

Couple that with Juande Ramo’s tendancy to mix youth products with first teamers, we could see a new starting eleven for Real Madrid in the new year.

FORM GUIDE

Real Madrid

Dec 20 Real Madrid 1-0 Valencia (LA LIGA)

Dec 13 Barcelona 2-0 Real Madrid (LA LIGA)

Dec 10 Real Madrid 3-0 Zenit St. Petersburg (CL)

Dec 07 Real Madrid 3-4 Sevilla (LA LIGA)

Nov 29 Getafe 3-1 Real Madrid (LA LIGA)

Villarreal

Dec 21 Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona (LA LIGA)

Dec 14 Sevilla 1-0 Villarreal (LA LIGA)

Dec 10 Celtic 2-0 Villarreal (CL)

Dec 06 Villarreal 3-3 Getafe (LA LIGA)

Nov 30 Recreativo Huelva 1-2 Villarreal (LA LIGA)

Real Madrid Team News

New signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar looks certain to earn a dream start at the Bernabéu at the expense of the team’s leading scorer, Gonzalo Higuaín, who is still recovering from acute tonsillitis. Though he has himself only just recovered from an ankle injury and his match fitness levels are still unknown.

Defenders, Pepe and Gabriel Heinze have both shrugged off their injuries and they could make their comebacks on Sunday while Sergio Ramos also returns to the team after serving out a one-match ban for card accumulation.

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