Real Madrid are in the driving seat to reclaim the LaLiga Santander title, and Los Blancos will have been further buoyed by the fact the title race in the final stretch of the season will go through the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Of the 15 league matches that remain for Los Merengues this season, eight of them will be home matches, starting with Sunday night’s clash with Celta Vigo.
Whilst the first half of the campaign was challenging for Zinedine Zidane, the club got through that period and in actual fact got most of their difficult away trips out of the way.
The six nearest teams to the league leaders in the table have all played host to Real Madrid, meaning what are on paper the toughest matches left for Los Blancos will all be played in front of their own supporters.
This is a further benefit when you assess Real Madrid’s record this term, with their solitary home defeat coming in the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid hope to remain strong at home in the coming weeks, with the Clasico against Barcelona having the potential to dictate the nature of the title race.
Celta will arrive in the Spanish capital in the knowledge that they will have to defend against a hungry Eden Hazard for at least 30 minutes of play on Sunday.
The Belgian has been chomping at the bit to return from an injury which has kept him on the sidelines since before Christmas.
Hazard has been back training for a fortnight, with his full contact sessions all coming in the seven days prior to the match with the Galician side.
The visitors have problems of their own to deal with as well, as Iago Aspas’ inexplicably poor form having continued past the winter break, though he did score the goal that helped Celta come back to beat Sevilla last weekend.
Jeison Murillo has recovered from a fitness scare to be passed fit for the clash in Madrid, meaning Celta can stick with the five-man defence that they have used of late, although such a development may see Pione Sisto dropped to the bench.