Villarreal v Real Madrid Betting Tips & Preview – Saturday 19th May 2018

In their final match before the Champions League final next Saturday, Real Madrid take on a Villarreal side who have already secured their place in the Europa League next season.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane won’t want to risk any injuries here but his men still do have a small chance of beating rivals Atletico to second place. For this to happen, Los Blancos need maximum points here while Eibar must win away at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.

Top Tips

Real Madrid to win @ 31/20

Gareth Bale to score @ 11/10

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Villarreal Form

Villarreal can only fall one place this weekend and finishing sixth still guarantees them a place in next season’s Europa League group stages. They’ll want to put on a performance for the home crowd on the final day of the season though and recent forms suggests they may be capable of that. Javi Calleja’s men have put in some fine performances in recent weeks and it’s seen them win four of their last five matches. Their only defeat in this time was away at Barcelona but the 5-1 scoreline flattered the Catalans who recorded far fewer shots on target than their opponents.

Villarreal were beaten by a more clinical side at the Nou Camp but in recent weeks it has been putting in some decent showings. Carlos Bacca enjoyed one of his finest performances in Villarreal colours against Celtic Vigo, his first half hat-trick setting his side up for a 4-1 victory. El Submarino Amarillo managed a four goal haul last weekend too against relegated Deportivo. While goals have been coming their way lately, the only clean sheet they’ve managed in their last nine matches was during the hard-fought win over Valencia earlier this month.

MatchDateScoreResult
Deportivo La Coruna v Villarreal 12th May 2018 2-4 Win
Barcelona v Villarreal 9th May 2018 5-1 Loss
Villarreal v Valencia 5th May 2018 1-0 Win

Real Madrid Form

Following Atletico’s loss to Espanyol last weekend, Real Madrid had the opportunity to snatch second spot from their rivals. To do this, they needed to beat both Barcelona and Sevilla away from home but on both occasions Los Blancos failed to secure three points. Against Barcelona, Zidane’s side could not make their man advantage count in the second half during what was a particularly bad-tempered Classico. Gareth Bale rescued a point for Real but the Welshman was incredibly fortunate to still be on the pitch by this point.

There would be no lack of drama either when Los Blancos travelled to Sevilla three days later. Sergio Ramos was at the centre of most it as he missed a penalty, scored an own-goal then converted a penalty late on. The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo was apparent in Sevilla as it took the visitors 87 minutes to find the back of the net. You wouldn’t have guessed he was missing last weekend against Celta Vigo though. Los Vikings destroyed their opponents and a brace from Gareth Bale will not have hurt his chances of starting in next week’s Champions League final.

MatchDateScoreResult
Real Madrid v Celta Vigo 12th May 2018 6-0 Win
Sevilla v Real Madrid 9th May 2018 3-2 Loss
Barcelona v Real Madid 6th May 2018 2-2 Draw

Head to Head Stats

Villarreal claimed their first ever win at the Bernabeu in January, a result which piled the pressure on the then under-fire Zinedine Zidane.

For two teams that like to attack, this game hasn’t always produced many goals. There have been fewer than 2.5 in five of their last seven meetings.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
13th Jan 2018 Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal Villarreal La Liga
26th Feb 2017 Villarreal 2 - 3 Real Madrid Real Madrid La Liga
21st Sep 2016 Real Madrid 1 - 1 Villarreal Draw La Liga

Injuries & Suspensions

Real Madrid have been hindered by injuries all season but this weekend Zinedine Zidane will have the rare luxury of having a full squad to select from.

Villarreal

  • Bruno Soriano - No expectation he’ll be fit for this game.
  • Leonardo Suarez - Knee injury ended his season back in October.
  • Ramiro Guerra - Serious injury also cut his season short.

Real Madrid

  • Dani Carvajal - Recovered from a hamstring problem and could feature.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo - Back in training after suffering an ankle injury in El Classico.

Betting Tips

Real Madrid hammered Celta Vigo last time out and they’ll be looking for a convincing display here to send a message to Liverpool ahead of next weekend’s European final in Kiev.

Real Madrid to win

Zidane has avoided rotating his side in the game immediately before a Champions League for the past two seasons. On both occasions the title race was still alive and while this would have been a big factor, there’s plenty of reason to think he’ll name a strong side here. If the Frenchman does just that, his men will have enough quality to see this game out. They have slipped up in their last two away tests but prior to this Los Blancos were enjoying a six game winning streak on their travels.

Gareth Bale to score at anytime

The Welshman is likely to get a decent amount of time on the pitch on Saturday and he will be determined to convince his manager he should be starting next weekend in Kiev. He’s netted four times in his last four appearances including a wonderful solo effort against Celta Vigo which will have done wonders for his confidence.

Both Teams to Score

Both teams to score is looking like being an absolute banker for this match. Seven of Villarreal’s last nine matches have seen both sides find the back of the net while for Real, this has happened in nine of their last 10 fixtures. The pair of sides offer plenty going forward but their limitations at the back will likely see neither manage a clean sheet.

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