Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways but they will face a tough test against top six rivals Villarreal at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be strong favourites against a Villarreal side who have won only five of their nine matches in all competitions.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – 13 January, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid v Villarreal: Sky Sports, Unibet live streaming
Last time: Madrid came from two goals to triumph 3-2 at Villarreal when the two sides last clashed in February with Alvaro Morata netting a late winning. The last clash at the Bernabeu, 16 months ago, ended in a 1-1 draw. Villarreal have never won away to Madrid.
Real Madrid v Villarreal Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid lie a mammoth 16 points off La Liga leaders Barcelona and despite having a game in hand, their title defence looks to be over at the halfway point.
It appears to many observers that the team has switched off in league games and this malaise could damage them against a visiting side who are in the top six.
A win for the Yellow Submarine would take them to within a point of Zidane’s side and they currently have the fourth-best travelling record of Spanish top flight sides.
The home side are heavy favourites and are 2/7 on to win the game, with Villarreal priced at an outlandish 10/1 with the draw available at 5/1.
Villarreal led 1-0 at half time in this fixture last year before the game ended 1-1, and odds of them leading at the break before eventually taking a point this time are at 25/1.
The last meeting between the sides was an enthralling five-goal thriller almost a year ago and if you fancy over 4.5 goals in this encounter, the odds are priced at 7/4.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale was restored to Madrid’s starting line-up against Celta Vigo on Sunday and he played a starring role, scoring twice. With four league goals in just five starts, he is 16/19 to score anytime here.
One to watch for Villarreal: Star striker Cedric Bakambu has departed but his strike partner Carlos Bacca – who has already netted eight goals this season – is 45/17 to find the net in this game.
Long shot: Villarreal already have ten clean sheets this season and have conceded only twice in the past four games. The Yellow Submarine to shock the Bernabeu and to win by nil is 22/1.