Real Madrid takes on Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday in a quest to make it five league wins in a row.
With a win against Sevilla over the weekend, Los Blancos moved four points clear atop the La Liga table, while the visitors’ winless streak in the league extended to five games.
Real Madrid have had a great start to their effort to recover La Liga following the return of manager Carlo Ancelotti over the summer.
With a double over Shakhtar Donetsk and a win over Sheriff Tiraspol in a row in the Champions League, the Madrid giants have now won four consecutive league games coming into Wednesday.
Following wins over Elche and Rayo Vallecano before the international break, Ancelotti’s players continued their winning ways when they returned, smashing Granada 4-1 due to goals from Marco Asensio, Nacho, Vinicius Junior, and Ferland Mendy.
Last time out, Vinicius scored in the final minutes against Sevilla, after Karim Benzema had drew them level in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Los Blancos now have a four-point lead at the top of the Spanish top division after defeating Real Sociedad at the weekend.
They have won 10 of their 14 games, and they will be looking to make it five in a row on home soil on Wednesday.
They welcome an Athletic Bilbao side looking to arrest a slump, with the visitors failing to win any of their last five league outings.
Marcelino’s side had a fantastic start to the season, picking up 16 points from their first nine La Liga games, but their form has subsequently dipped.
After securing draws against Espanyol and Real Sociedad, the Basque side was defeated 1-0 by Cadiz before the international break.
Athletic Club have failed to overcome Levante and Granada since their return, both of whom are in the bottom five, with the former having gone winless this season.
Both games ended in disappointing draws.
As a result, Marcelino’s team has slid to eighth place in the Premier League, and they face a particularly difficult assignment on Wednesday if they are to break their losing streak and return to the top six.