Real Madrid v Villarreal Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 13th January 2018

Zinedine Zidane’s out-of-sorts Real Madrid will be on the lookout for all three points when they welcome Javier Calleja and Villarreal to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for a fixture in La Liga on Saturday afternoon. Before this weekend’s matches, Real find themselves a whopping 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Barcelona.

Indeed, as things stand, the current champions should be more concerned about maintaining a top four spot than challenging to defend their Liga crown. A win for the Yellow Submarine at the weekend will take them to within one point of the current Spanish champions in the table. By their high standards, it’s been a pretty woeful season so far for Real Madrid, who sit fourth in Spain’s top tier. Los Merengues are the strong favourites in this one, but can the visitors cause an upset in the capital?

Top Tips

Real Madrid to Win to Nil @ 6/4

Real Madrid to be Winning at Half Time and Full Time @ 4/6

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Real Madrid Form

Real Madrid have made a very, very poor attempt of defending their title up until now. After 17 league games, Los Blancos have won nine, drawn five and lost three. In their final match of 2017, Real were thumped 3-0 at home by Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona. Madrid also failed to beat Celta Vigo last time out as Gareth Bale’s brace was not enough in the 2-2 draw.

With back-to-back La Liga games at the Bernabeu coming up, nothing short of six points will do for the champions. Retaining the title looks out of the question, but finishing runners-up to their rivals is imperative. At this moment in time, however, Zidane’s men are seven points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.

MatchDateScoreResult
Celta Vigo v Real Madrid 7th January 2018 2-2 Draw
Numancia v Real Madrid 4th January 2018 0-3 Win
Real Madrid v Barcelona 23rd December 2017 0-3 Loss

Villarreal Form

On the whole, Villarreal have enjoyed a fine first half to their season. After three successive defeats in early December, Calleja’s men have hit back with seven points from the last nine on offer. The Yellow Submarine occupy sixth place in La Liga at present, four points away from Real Madrid.

Villarreal kicked off their 2018 league campaign with a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna at the Estadio de la Ceramica last weekend. Nevertheless, the 2008 La Liga runners-up will be looking to cause an upset at the Bernabeu this Saturday.

MatchDateScoreResult
Villarreal v Deportivo La Coruna 7th January 2018 1-1 Draw
Leganes v Villarreal 4th January 2018 1-0 Loss
Valencia v Villarreal 23rd December 2017 0-1 Win

Head to Head Stats

When Real Madrid travelled to the Estadio de la Ceramica back in February last season, Los Merengues came from behind to win 3-2 courtesy of goals by Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata. The reverse match was less eventful as the duo drew 1-1 in the Spanish capital back in September.

Madrid have a good recent record against Villarreal, losing just one of the last 14 meetings. The Yellows’ only win during that time came in a home league fixture back in December 2015 when one-time Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored the only goal of the game.

MatchDateScoreResult
Villarreal v Real Madrid 26th February 2017 2-3 Real Madrid Win
Real Madrid v Villarreal 21st September 2016 1-1 Draw
Real Madrid v Villarreal 20th April 2016 3-0 Real Madrid Win

Injuries & Suspensions

Real skipper Sergio Ramos will miss out with a calf injury. Meanwhile, Karim Benzema is a doubt with a hamstring strain. Roberto Soriano could miss the game after spraining his knee while Victor Ruiz Torre is suspended for Villarreal.

Real Madrid

  • Karim Benzema - Could miss out with a hamstring injury
  • Luca Zidane - Side-lined until February with a shoulder injury
  • Sergio Ramos - Out for a few weeks with a calf injury

Villarreal

  • Roberto Soriano - A doubt after spraining his knee
  • Andreas Fernandez - Side-lined with a cruciate ligament injury
  • Leonardo Suarez - Striker out for the season with cruciate ligament damage
  • Nicola Sansone - Out with a calf injury
  • Ruben Semedo - Unavailable until March due to a thigh problem
  • Victor Ruiz Torre - Will miss the match through suspension

Betting Tips

Make no mistake about it, Real Madrid have not been their usual dominant selves this season. After such a phenomenal campaign last year, maybe Los Blancos have run out of steam. Madrid are well of the pace in the race for the title, they are also five points behind third-placed Valencia. As for Villarreal, after finishing fifth last season, they will be looking to better that this time around.

Real Madrid to Win to Nil

Even though Real have had several poor results this term, you can never rule them out on their own patch. Zidane’s troops have won without shipping on 11 occasions in all competitions this campaign, with seven of those coming at the Bernabeu. Los Merengues are more than capable of shutting out Villarreal on Saturday, so back Madrid to win to nil at 6/4.

Real Madrid to be Winning at Half Time and Full Time

Once in the lead, Real Madrid are a very hard to team to stop. Prior to their 3-0 loss to Barca, Real were 5-0 up at half time in their eventual 5-0 win over Sevilla in December. The home team are available at 4/6 to be winning at half time and full time at the weekend.

Real Madrid to Win -2

We also fancy Real to prevail by a margin on home soil, so have a punt on them to win -2 at 6/4.

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