"Boss, it's Mourinho or us," was the headline on the cover of Marca's Thursday edition, referencing a meeting which took place between President Florentino Pérez, captain Iker Casillas, vice-captain Sergio Ramos and general manager José Ángel Sánchez. It clearly hit a nerve with Pérez, who arranged a press conference that day to deny any such comment had been made: "It is totally false that at the dinner held with the captains and the director general an ultimatum about the coach was issued, or anything similar." The meal was in fact held to discuss bonuses for the current campaign, though that itself raises a question: why wasn't it resolved before the season began? The 65-year-old refused to discuss the players' relationship with their manager and didn't even let on what was served for main course.
No such drama ever happens at cross-town club Getafe and that's the way they like it. Luis García has assembled a squad of good young players for this season; Álvaro Vázquez and on-loan Valencia youngster Paco Alcácer have given them added options in attack.
The great goalkeeping debate is suspended for a while after Álvaro Arbeloa's attempted clearance broke Casillas hand on Wednesday night, so Antonio Adán deputises. Marcelo is likely to be called upon to replace Fábio Coentrão and Sergio Ramos returns from suspension.
An unsettled defence has not helped the Dark Blues recently, though it's further forward where the problems now lie. Ángel Lafita, Pedro León and Abdel Barrada are all still unavailable, so Rafa may feature after recovering from a stomach bug and Diego Castro will be back upfront.
The three game mini-series with Valencia saw Los Blancos produce two wins and a draw. The 5-0 performance at the Mestalla on Sunday was like turning the clock back twelve months, as Madrid returned to their counter-attacking best, assisted by their opponents' high line.
Getafe have managed two home draws in the last fortnight, though they were two very different performances for Madrid's third club. The 2-2 with Granada saw them unlucky not to take all three points, in contrast to the Sevilla match where they looked devoid of confidence for large periods. They have not won since 1 December, which will concern the small Getafe fanbase.
Real Madrid has won their last four home matches against Getafe in all competitions. They will be seeking revenge following the 2-1 defeat at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in August. There have been over 2.5 goals in five of the last six matches between the sides - that outcome is priced at 1.25.
In the league contest in Valencia, Cristiano Ronaldo's passing accuracy was lower than the entire home team's, yet he still scored twice and assisted. The clinical finishing drew some supporters at the Mestalla to wave white handkerchiefs in disgust. For CR7 to produce the goods once again, he is 3.20 for first goal. Adrián Colunga is Getafe's top scorer this season and can be found at 5.00.
Despite the continuous media crusade to remove the 'Special One' from the Bernabéu, the team are still capable of producing special displays. They are certainly stronger when opponents push up, giving them space in behind to exploit. Getafe have not won away in the league since a trip to Bilbao in late October and are the only top flight team not to have registered a victory in their last six matches. That's unlikely to improve with an early kick-off against the champions. Real Madrid to win is 1.15.
Coentrão and Ángel di María both got sent off in the Copa del Rey, highlighting a lack of discipline on the pitch at Madrid. In the last three league matches involving the team, there have been an incredible 24 yellow cards. You can get selected odds on solitary bookings such as centre-backs Ramos at 2.50 and Alexis at 2.00. Whilst Real Madrid have had five dismissals during January, it's 2.35 for a red card.
Score prediction: Real Madrid 3-0 Getafe (10.50)