The atmosphere in Madrid in January is of course far from its balmiest, and the hints and reports of a breakdown in the dressing room at the Bernabeu are showing no signs of a thaw.
The latest behind-the-scenes controversy at Real Madrid concerns speedily denied reports that Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos have told club president Florentino Perez a number of players will leave Madrid in the summer if Coach Jose Mourinho doesn’t depart.
Expect that speculation to focus attention on frosty glares from the bench and the reaction from the Bernabeu crowd to Mourinho when Getafe visit this Sunday brunchtime.
On the pitch, things seem suddenly to be going in the right direction for Real Madrid ahead of crucial clashes against Barcelona and Manchester United in the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
A stunning 5-0 win at Valencia last weekend helps to make Real near certainties at odds of 3/20 on to beat mid-table Getafe at home.
Getafe have suffered a torrid time of late, not winning in eight matches in all competitions, making 13/1 odds of an upset or 27/4 on a draw outlandish at a Real Madrid side that has not lost at home in the league since December 2011.
Considering that Getafe have conceded ten goals in their last three away outings, in-form Real could cause havoc this Sunday.
Odds of 83/100 are available for Los Blancos to win a match with four goals or more. Five of the nine La Liga fixtures at the Bernabeu this season have seen four or more strikes.
A 15/4 bet for Real to score three or more goals in the first half is another tempter. They raced out of the blocks at Valencia to smash all five goals in the first 45, and if the midfield trio of Ozil, di Maria and Ronaldo put in a similarly devastating performance this weekend, there is little to suggest Getafe can stop them.
Only twice have Real managed three or more first-half goals at home this season, but to do so again this weekend would be a real indication they are out of their long slump.