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Real Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Real Madrid

13th January
15:15
Bernabeu

V

Villarreal

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Real Madrid vs Villarreal predictions for this Saturday’s game in Spain’s La Liga as Los Blancos aim to bounce back from a damaging run of results. Read on for our free betting tips and predictions.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Real Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions

Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Match Goals at 8/11
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Real Madrid 3-1 at 9/1
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Reason For Real Madrid vs Villarreal Betting Tips

This is one of the standout fixtures this weekend in La Liga. Villarreal are one of those teams that regularly causes problems for the real big guns of Spanish football, particularly the Madrid giants. They’ve got a few results at the Bernabeu in recent years and will travel in reasonably optimistic mood, given Los Blancos still look well short of their best.

They’ve won just 1 of their last 4 matches in all competitions. That came against second tier Numancia in the Copa del Rey and their last two league games have again highlighted just how fragile they are right now. A 3-0 clasico defeat was followed by a 2-2 draw in Vigo in a game that could easily have gone either way. The return to fitness of Gareth Bale who bagged both their goals at Balaidos is a major plus but his strike-partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo still doesn’t totally convince, with the duo rarely combining well in that game.

In theory there is plenty to encourage Villarreal but the Yellow Submarine have problems of their own. They’ve just sold their star striker Cedric Bakambu and are still without one or two other key men due to injuries. They were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes in midweek and were held to a poor home draw by struggling Deportivo La Coruna last weekend, so they aren’t really in the sort of shape that suggests they are going to cause an upset.

There should be a goal in it for them though. Real Madrid have some selection problems at the back and have at times been far too easy to break down. They’ve conceded 1 goal per home game on average in La Liga this season and they’ve actually let in two or more goals in 5 of their last 6 competitive home games at the Bernabeu. Therefore even a depleted Villarreal attack have reasons to be positive and Carlos Bacca should ask real questions of this home defence.

However, going forward Real Madrid still have so much attacking quality that they should get the job done. 71% of their league games this term have produced over 2.5 goals in total, with their home games averaging 3.11 per game. Therefore backing Over 2.5 Goals & Both Teams to Score looks to offer value here in what will be an interesting game as Los Blancos look to avoid falling even further behind Barcelona.

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Head To Head

Real Madrid have only won 2 of their last 5 matches against Villarreal. 2 of the last 3 meetings at the Bernabeu have ended 1-1.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal Stats

  • The Yellow Submarine have not won any of their 17 league visits to Santiago Bernabeu (D5 L12), but they have avoided defeat in two of the last three (L1).
  • Real Madrid have won five of their last six La Liga home games but they lost the last one (0-3 vs Barcelona). The last time the Whites lost consecutive games at home in the competition was in May 2009 under Juande Ramos.
  • Real Madrid have only scored 28% of their goals in the second half of games in La Liga this season (nine out of 32), the lowest percentage of any team.
  • Carlos Bacca has been involved in six of Villarreal’s last 10 goals in La Liga (three goals, three assists).
  • Gareth Bale (4) is the only La Liga player to have scored four or more goals this season after playing fewer than 500 minutes (498).
Real Madrid
Villarreal
33%
BTTS
50%
67%
Over 2.5 Goals
33%
1.9
Goals For
1.4
0.9
Goals Against
1.2
1.7
Cards For
2.9
8.4
Corners For
4.7
4
Cristiano Ronaldo
Top Goalscorer
Cédric Bakambu
9

Real Madrid Team News

Dani Carvajal is back from a ban and should start at right-back. Ramos and Benzema are still out injured with Isco set to play behind a front two of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Villarreal Team News

Manu Trigueros returns from a ban in midfield. Centre-back Victor Ruiz is suspended though, while Carlos Bacca and Enes Unal should lead the line.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal Predictions

Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Match Goals at 8/11
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Correct Score Prediction

Real Madrid 3-1 at 9/1
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