Miguel Ángel Lotina starts his coaching era aboard against La Liga's leaders, Real Madrid at 10 pm GMT+1. The Submarine wants to get these vital points trying to avoid relegation positions. Both teams had bad results during last week's matches, Villarreal lost against Levante and Real Madrid drew against Málaga, shortening the point difference between them and FC Barcelona to eight points.
Our coach can't count on four players for this exciting match, three of them are injured and the fourth suspended. Borja Valero, Rossi and Catalá will miss the match due to physical problems and Marchena after being sent off against Levante. The positive news is the return of Cani, fully recovered of his hamstring injury.
On the other hand, Real Madrid comes to Vila-real with two injured players, Di María and Carvalho, while Mourinho's list includes Altinthop and Varane.
Local victories: 2. Draws: 3. Visitor victories: 7.
Goals scored by Villarreal: 8. Goals scored by Real Madrid: 20.
Top Scorers: Víctor, Calleja, Anderson, Marcos, Pirès, Cani (2) and Capdevila scored for Villarreal, while Cristiano Ronaldo (4), Morientes (2) and Sneijder (2) for Real Madrid.
83 footballers played for Villarreal, with 34 yellow cards and two red cards.
76 footballers played for Real Madrid, with 28 yellow cards and no red cards.
José Luis Paradas Romero, born in Antequera (Málaga), 39 years old. It's his fifth season in the Spanish Primera and has an experience of 71 matches (40 local victories, 19 draws and 12 visitor victories).
Official website stats: Pepe Herrera Boira