Spain's Primera Liga resumes this weekend, and Real Madrid go straight back under the spotlight for their tricky trip to Villarreal. Real had a disastrous end to 2005, winning only two out of eight games in La Liga and the Champions League, and falling 11 points behind arch rivals Barcelona. Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo was sacked, leaving Real's Galacticos with no obvious sense of direction. There was a morale-boosting start to 2006 with a midweek cup win at Bilbao, but Villarreal will present a much stiffer task - even though the Yellow Submarines were torpedoed at home by Valencia in their cup game. Villarreal are one place and one point above Real in the table, and are still in the Champions League, so it is clear that this is a very even contest on paper. It is debatable whether there should be a clear favourite, though Real's difficulties are reflected in a record of just two wins from seven (home and away) against top-half opposition. Unlike most Spanish teams, however, Real have a good record at Villarreal. Barcelona can maintain the pace at the top with victory at city rivals Espanyol, but those looking for better-odds away chances should consider Deportivo and Valencia. Deportivo have been beaten only once on their travels this season and they rate as a good handicap bet at least against struggling Bilbao. Valencia are another solid road team and David Villa's goal threat gives them a winning chance at Atletico Madrid. The best home bet is Celta Vigo, who have the best home win record bar the top two, while Bernard Romero's (pictured) Osasuna can't be ignored at home to Racing Santander. Racing ended 2005 with a 2-1 win at Real Madrid, but their overall form suggests another shock is unlikely. Best homes: Celta Vigo, Osasuna. Best aways: Deportivo, Valencia.