Line-ups: Real Madrid-Villarreal

As expected, Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid tonight as they prepare to face Villarreal at Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos host the Yellow Submarine this evening looking for the three points that could take them momentarily to the top of the table, and they do so with the Wales international, who, as Carlo Ancelotti confirmed on Friday, starts up front.

With Cristiano Ronaldo suspended, Karim Benzema and Jese partner for the former Tottenham man, whilst Angel Di Maria, Luka Modric and Asier Illarramendi play in midfield.

Marcelino’s side meanwhile, name an attacking XI, with former Barcelona striker Giovani Dos Santos leading the line.

Real Madrid: Diego López, Pepe, Ramos, Carvajal, Marcelo; Modric, Illarra, Di Maria; Jesé, Bale, Benzema

Villarreal: Asenjo, Mario, Musacchio, Dorado, Jaume Costa; Edu Ramos, Bruno, Aquino, Moi Gómez, Jony Pereira, Giovani