After pulling off an incredible victory without its top two scorers, Real Madrid is ready to visit Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine has been considerably better when playing at home, enough to control the odds. That’s right, if you were looking for a tempting underdog to include in your soccer picks, stop it. Real Madrid at +175 could be the answer.
After all, Villarreal hasn’t defeated Real Madrid since the 2017-18 season. However, no one can deny this looks like a great opportunity, especially because only one of Los Blancos’ top scorers will be able to return.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid La Liga Fixture 24
Yellow Submarine Building a Streak
I know winning two games in a row shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is in Villarreal’s case, especially because the Yellow Submarine didn’t allow a single goal in those two games. On the other hand, they scored five goals.
First, they crushed Mallorca 3-0. Later, they defeated Real Betis 2-0 on the road. Gerard Moreno, the team’s top scorer with eight goals, didn’t score in those games. That’s a good sign because Moreno won’t be available due to injury.
Moreno will be missed, but Villarreal’s most recent signing will be ready to go. We’re talking about Giovani Lo Celso, who arrived on loan from Tottenham. Lo Celso isn’t a striker, but he’s a very productive midfielder when it comes to scoring.
The Yellow Submarine has been considerably better when playing at home. They own a 7-3-2 record while they’re 2-5-4 on the road. Real Madrid couldn’t win in its last four visits to El Madrigal. That’s basically why Villarreal is controlling the soccer odds with a +155 price.
Other than Moreno, there are no more injuries to report. Villarreal’s predicted lineup: Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Alfonso Pedraza; Yeremi Pino, Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue, Samuel Chukwueze; Paco Alcacer, Gerard Moreno.
Real Madrid Keeps Overcoming Obstacles
Getting eliminated from the Copa del Rey was a low blow for Real Madrid. However, we all know that winning La Liga and the UEFA Champions League is way more important. Los Blancos remain in control of their destiny on both, but things could drastically change.
First stop, Villarreal. Real Madrid will visit the Yellow Submarine without Karim Benzema. The coaching staff prefers to have him at 100 percent to face PSG. That’s right, their second stop is all the way to Paris.
Of course, the French striker will be missed, but Real Madrid already won a crucial game without Benzema. They defeated Granada 1-0 with a goal from Marco Asensio to increase their advantage at the top to six points. Vinicius Junior couldn’t play either due to suspension, but he’ll be back to play at El Madrigal.
Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos are also back. That gives head coach Carlo Ancelotti plenty of options to rotate into the starting lineup. It’s inevitable for him to be thinking about their trip to Paris.
Now, that doesn’t mean Real Madrid won’t put up a good fight in Villarreal. Yes, they come in as the betting online underdogs, but you can’t underestimate the heart of a champion, especially when momentum is on its side.
Plus, in such a competitive roster, all players must take advantage of every little opportunity. For example, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Federico Valverde aren’t usual starters. All three would be locked starters in any other team.
Real Madrid’s predicted lineup: Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Marcelo; Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, Casemiro; Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, Luka Jovic.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 45
- Villarreal Victories: 4 (43 goals)
- Real Madrid Victories: 26 (91 goals)
- Draws: 15
The first meeting between these two was kind of disappointing. The game at Santiago Bernabeu, in which Real Madrid was the sports betting favorite, ended with a goalless draw. Moreno didn’t play due to injury, so I guess it was a good result for the Yellow Submarine.
Villarreal only won one of its last 10 meetings with Real Madrid but managed to draw four times. Prior to their goalless draw in September, both scored in seven consecutive encounters.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Game Information
- Date: Saturday
- Time: 10:15 a.m. ET
- Location: El Madrigal, Villarreal
- Villarreal vs Real Madrid Live Stream: fuboTV
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Betting Lines
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Prediction
After a very rocky start, Villarreal is now fighting to finish among the top four and qualify for the UCL. That proves how good the Yellow Submarine can be. Plus, we’re talking about a team that usually performs at a great level when it comes to facing the powerhouses.
On the other hand, Los Blancos can’t afford to lose. Second-place Sevilla is very likely to defeat Elche, meaning the gap could reduce to only three points. That’s not the kind of pressure you want right before facing PSG.
Despite Moreno and Benzema not playing, I expect both teams to score, and the game to finish with a draw.
Score Prediction: Villarreal 1, Real Madrid 1