Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from their disastrous defeat at Rayo Vallecano last time out but face an in-form Villarreal side. Madrid are strong favourites for this game despite the visitors taking 10 points from their last five games.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid – 5 May, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Villarreal: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Santi Cazorla netted a double for Villarreal as they held Real Madrid 2-2 earlier in the campaign and are unbeaten in three against Madrid – including last year’s 1-0 win in Madrid, their first away victory in the fixture.
|Over 3.5 goals||13/10||Offer|
|Samuel Chukwueze anytime scorer||16/5||Offer|
Real Madrid vs. Villarreal Predictions and Preview
Real Madrid have endured a dreadful – they languish 18 points behind league leaders and champions Barcelona, with three games still remain.
Recent league victories over Real Valladolid, Celta Vigo, Huesca, Eibar and Athletic Club, coupled with losses at Valencia and Rayo Vallecano and draws at Leganes and Getafe, do not carry great significance, although the return of boss Zinedine Zidane has revitalised the club and rejuvenated their confidence.
Villarreal are now five points and four places above the drop zone after collecting ten points in five games but are not out of danger yet.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has scored each of Madrid’s last eight goals, a new club record, but is unavailable here but the under-fire Gareth Bale is 7/5 to silence his doubters at the club with a goal here.
One to watch for Villarreal: Samuel Chukwueze has already netted eight goals this season and his pace is likely to cause problems for a sluggish Madrid defence who are facing the counter-attack here. He is at 16/5 to score.
Long shot: Madrid have failed to score in their last two games while a miserly nine have gone in across Villarreal’s last five games. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 22/1.