Gareth Bale has some spring in him. He launches himself in to the air at the back post to nod the ball back across for Karim Benzema to head towards goal. The French striker fails to get enough power on his effort, though, thus giving away keeper Sergio Asenjo opportunity to fly to his right and palm the ball away. That is the closest we've come to a goal so far.
There has been no sign yet of a Villarreal attack. Every yellow shirt is back in the away side's half, set up to repel the waves of attacks heading in their direction.
Marcelo holds his hand up to apologise after his cross from the left flies way, way over every head in the box. Karim Benzema holds his thumb up in response. I'm pretty sure the striker's thoughts don't match his gesture.
The away fans are going to be even quieter now - RB Leipzig have taken an early lead.
Timo Werner pokes in a shot from six yards out after a bout of penalty box pinball that Monchengladbach failed to clear.Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, Robert Lewandowksi and Thomas Muller have both gone close for Bayern Munich against Hertha Berlin but it remains 0-0.
The game has found its pattern - Real pushing forward, Villarreal digging in. Another home corner is fired to the near post and headed behind by Dos Santos for a second set-piece that prompts a bit of pinball in the box before the ball is nicked away from Karim Benzema just before he could shoot. Corner number three is claimed by the keeper.
Gareth Bale's first proper chance to stretch his legs has Villarreal panicking. The away suide rally just in time to cut out his cross and concede a corner before digging in to clear the initial delivery and a follow-up cross. All hands to the pump.
First corner goes to Real. James swings it in but a yellow-shirted player gets his head to the ball to nod it away with authority.
No surprise to see the home side firmly on the front foot, dominating possession. Villarreal are working hard to keep Real at arm's length.
Here come the teams. Real Madrid are chasing history. Can the Yellow Submarine sink their hopes? Sorry.
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There are protests and there are protests. Borussia Monchengladbach fans are planning on remaining silent for the first 19 minutes of tonight's match RB Leipzig in protest at the
Leipzig was founded in 2009 as part of an initiative by energy drink-maker Red Bull. "The artificial product created by Red Bull depicts a new dimension of damnability," said Monchengladbach's supporters club in a statement on their official website. "Participation and a lively fan culture are not wanted in this construct, only the consumption of the product,"
The reason for the 19 minutes is that Borussia were formed in 1900.
It's going to be a weird sight if they score an early goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has made just two appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid this season after injuring his knee in the Euro 2016 final. However, they appear to be pretty well-equipped to cope without him.
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How have Real Madrid turned themselves into record breakers? The answer is, of course, a nuanced one and provided by our Spanish football expert Andy West.
Real Madrid: Casilla, Marcelo, Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Kovacic, Kroos, Bale, Ronaldo, James, Benzema.
Villarreal: Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Ruiz, Angel, Bruno, Trigueros, Dos Santos, Castillejo, Cheryshev, Sansone.
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Real's 2-0 win at Espanyol extended their unbeaten run to 16 La Liga matches, equalling the record set by Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in 2010-11.
Tonight they are gunning for an outright record of 17 straight wins. I'm sure the fact they will be taking the record of Barca won't sweeten it at all.
Here are the men Zinedine Zidane believe can extend that run and preserve top spot...
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Guess who just got back today, them wild-eyed boys that had been away, haven't changed that much to say, but man, I still think them cats are crazy.
Yep, Cristiano and Gareth are back. Having missed Sunday's trip to Espanyol Real Madrid's attacking pair have returned to scare the living daylights out of poor Villarreal.
Real have really missed them as well. Seven wins out of seven in all competitions, during which they have scored 22 times. Bit of sarcasm there for you.