European champions Real Madrid will be looking to build on their recent resurgence in form with an away trip to relegation-threatened Villarreal on Saturday. Madrid will be massive favourites for the game against a side who have won just one of their last 10 La Liga outings.
Where and when: Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal – 3 January, kick-off 20:30
Where you can see Villarreal vs. Real Madrid: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: The last seven meetings between these two have been evenly balanced – with two wins for each side and three draws. There was an entertaining 2-2 draw at Villarreal in the last meeting in May while the Yellow Submarine won their first ever match at the Bernabeu in January last year – a 1-0 win.
|Over 3.5 goals||13/10||Offer|
|Villarreal double chance||10/11||Offer|
|Gareth Bale anytime scorer||5/4||Offer|
Villarreal vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Villarreal, who finished fifth in La Liga last season, are remarkably in the relegation zone this time round with just three victories in 16 matches.
Luis Garcia Plaza has replaced Javi Calleja at the helm of the club but a 2-2 draw at basement club Huesca did not do much to alleviate the club’s fears.
Real Madrid have won five of their last six La Liga games including each of the last three while they lifted the Club World Cup before the end of the calendar year.
Both these teams have been involved in games with plenty of goals this season – 43 goals have gone in across Madrid’s 16 games while for Villarreal, that number is 38. With this in mind, over 3.5 goals at 13/10 offers value with over 2.5 at 8/15.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 2/1.
One to watch for Villarreal: Gerard Moreno netted his seventh goal of the campaign in Villarreal’s last clash – a 2-2 draw at Huesca. He also scored against Real Madrid last February in a 1-0 win for Espanyol and is 8/5 to find the net here.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has scored four goals in his last four appearances for Madrid including the winner in the 1-0 victory at Huesca. The Welshman is at 5/4 to score anytime here.
Long shot: Before their Club World Cup exploits, Real Madrid had scored just two goals in three games while Villarreal are in a dreadful run of form. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 16/1.