With only one win in their last five games across all competitions, a lacklustre Real Madrid team will travel to Estadio el Alcoraz on Saturday to face Huesca, knowing a win is crucial to keep their slim title hopes alive.
Inconsistent performances and a host of disappointing results of late have left Zidane's side third in the La Liga table, behind bitter rivals Barcelona and inner-city adversaries Atletico - who lead the league by 10 points.
As dreams of a 35th league title slowly fade away for Los Blancos, the reigning champions will need to emulate the recent winning runs of their fellow title rivals to have any hope of retaining their crown.
This weekend is the perfect place to start.
Huesca sit rock bottom of the league with just 16 points from 21 games and two wins all season. Last season's Segunda Division champions have struggled to acclimatise to life in Spain's top flight.
Despite their uninspired performances in the first half of the season, Juan Jose Rojo Martin's side may have grabbed a crucial lifeline last week. A hat trick from Rafa Mir inspired a 3-1 away win against 16th place Valladolid.
Valladolid is a far cry from Madrid however, especially when you consider that Ramos and co. have a perfect record against Huesca in the league - let's look at this in detail.
Real have a flawless record against Huesca in recent years - with a 100% win ratio in the three meetings between the sides.
Despite their convincing victories, Zidane's side have not been accustomed to shutting out Los Azulgranas, scoring eight and conceding four. Their only clean sheet coming in a 1-0 away win two seasons ago.
Karim Benzema is the top scorer in the fixture for Los Blancos, averaging three goals in as many games. Federico Valverde and Eden Hazard also found the scoresheet in the home fixture at the Bernabeu last October.
The last time Real did the double over Huesca, they finished third and their opponents were relegated in the 2018/19 season. Could this be a sign of things to come?
Three of the Best
Real Madrid 4-1 Huesca
October 31, 2020
Karim Benzema dazzled with two goals, and an assist, to help Real overcome Los Azulgranas at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this season as they went top of La Liga after seven games.
Los Blancos broke the deadlock through a scintillating strike from Eden Hazard that flew past Alvaro Fernandez from range to give the reigning champions the lead.
Madrid's French forward doubled the score on the stroke of half-time with an inventive volley at the front post. Ten minutes into the second half and he laid on an assist for Uruguayan midfielder stalwart Federico Valverde, who added the third.
Despite a late consolation goal for Huesca, from substitute David Ferreiro, the brilliant Benzema topped off a stellar performance with another goal. He headed home from close range in the final minutes of the fixture.
Huesca 0-1 Real Madrid
December 9, 2018
In a closely contested encounter in north east Spain, Madrid held on to a single early goal from Gareth Bale to edge a 1-0 win at Estadio el Alcoraz, withstanding a resolute performance from the Huescans.
The Welshman put Los Blancos ahead in the 8th minute, steadying himself to strike a cool and composed volley into the far-right corner.
Outplaying Real for most of the game, the hosts had enough chances to win the game - with two critical misses from Melero and Hernandez, and a big save from Courtois to stop a Moi Gomez freekick.
Their closest opportunity came in injury time however, Madrid's Dani Carvajal made a vital block on the line to prevent Christian Rivera from heading in a late equaliser.
Much to the delight of the visitors, Real were able to cling onto a narrow victory to keep the pressure on Barcelona, as a deflated Huesca side remained bottom of the pile.
Real Madrid 3-2 Huesca
March 31, 2019
Edging a five goal thriller at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real relied on Karim Benzema once more, as his last minute winner snatched all three points as they came from behind to win.
The struggling visitors stunned the 35-time champions when they took the lead in just three minutes. Chucho Hernandez fired a close-range effort past the manager's son, Luca following a defensive mix up for Madrid.
Isco equalised 20 minutes later with his easiest goal of the season, tapping in from less than a yard out. He then put the hosts ahead under similar circumstances on the hour-mark.
Fighting for their lives, Huesca's resilience paid off as they tied the game at two apiece from a glancing Xabier Etxeita header. However, Real's quality shone through as they were able to win the game in its dying moments.
As the seconds ticked down, Benzema picked up a loose ball in the opposition box, striking it with both power and finesse into the top corner, to score the dramatic winner.
Tip of the Fixture
Although Madrid are likely to leave Huesca with all three points, their opponents won't go down without a fight.
Paddy Power are offering 9/1 odds on Real Madrid to win 3-1 and 25/1 on a 3-2 victory for Zidane's men.
(Odds correct at time of writing, subject to change.)