Rayo Vallecano were supposed to host Real Madrid in a lopsided and non-traditional, but nonetheless local derby match. That match never happened because there were no lights at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas. If you've ever seen the very basic and fairly run down stadium, you're probably assuming that the lights just stopped working.
Actually, things were working just fine at Rayo's ground until one very angry individual physically cut the wires to the floodlights at the stadium. The lights couldn't be fixed in time for the two teams to play on Sunday, so the match was moved to Monday evening. There were rumors of a potential forfeit for the hosts, which would have been a disaster. They're in great form and gave the struggling Merengues all they could handle in this fixture last season. A Real Madrid win is not a foregone conclusion.
Match Date/Time: Monday, 7:45 p.m. local, 1:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain
TV: beIN Sport 1 (U.S.)
For more on the Merengues, check out Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.