Real Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Real Madrid vs Villarreal in La Liga.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal Match Preview
La Liga Champions Real Madrid host a potentially tricky encounter against Villarreal this weekend. With the hosts struggling for consistent form, this Real Madrid vs Villarreal match at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, January 13 is going to be a tight encounter, so check our our Real Madrid vs Villarreal prediction and betting tips.
For Real Madrid, to remain winless in two consecutive matches is a crisis. They have only one win in their last four matches (W1, D2, L1) in all competitions and this is nothing but a disaster. Coming as it did against the lowly Numancia, it is fair to say that the hosts are going through a rough patch of form. In fact, their form in the La Liga is nothing to write home about, as they find themselves in fourth position (32pts, W9, D5, L3). They are sixteen points adrift the league leaders Barcelona and although they have played a game lesser, at this stage of the season they look out of the title race. They are five points behind third-placed Valencia while fifth-placed Sevilla are breathing down their neck, just three points behind. Their home form isn’t the usual breathtaking, having already lost twice in nine matches (W5, D2, L2).
Isn’t this a beautiful chance for Villarreal to add to the woes of Real Madrid. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ usually enjoy causing problems for the big guns in La Liga, especially Real Madrid. Now with the Los Blancos looking way below their best, the sixth-placed Villarreal (28pts, W8, D4, L6) sniff a chance. A positive result in this fixture coupled with a slip by Sevilla will push them up the ladder and closing down on Real Madrid! However, they are with their own problems, having seen their star striker Cedric Bakambu leave the club and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes in the midweek. They aren’t really in their best shape to cause an upset in this Real Madrid vs Villarreal fixture, but the visitors still have a huge chance.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal H2H
Real Madrid have lost only once in their last 14 La Liga games against Villarreal (W9, D4, L1). However, the positive fact for Villarreal is that at the Santiago Bernabeu the Los Blancos have won just one of the last three Real Madrid vs Villarreal fixtures (W1, D2, L0).
Real Madrid vs Villarreal Team News
For Real Madrid, Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos are unavailable for this fixture.
The visitors will not have the services of Victor Ruiz for this fixture, who is suspended. Andres Fernandez and Ruben Semedo are out, along with Bruno Soriano.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal Probable Line-ups
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo.
Villarreal: Asenjo, Gaspar, Gonzalez, Bonera, Costa, Trigueros, Rodri, Castillejo, Fornals, Unal, Bacca.
Real Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions
It is tempting to back the visitors snatch at least a point from this fixture, but the hosts have enough fire power to get the job done. Though the visitors are depleted, there is enough optimism for the Villarreal strikers to find a goal. Backing both the sides to score a goal looks to be the best option while Madrid winning the match is another interesting Real Madrid vs Villarreal betting tip.