Real Madrid vs. Villarreal / La Liga – In the past years, duels between Real and Villarreal have always been interesting, and now it has all got an additional dimension because the Madrians are playing very poorly this season compared to what was expected and they only won four points more than Villarreal, who are in their usual edition and are currently in the sixth place, which objectively belongs to them. During the week Villarreal was eliminated from the Cup, while Real went further, though they did not show much. In the championship, both teams have played draws in the last round and we will watch these teams in the Champions League, or Europa League in the spring. Last season, these rivals played 1-1 in Madrid. Begins: 13.01.2018. – 20:30 CET
Things are still too modest this season when it comes to Real and there is nothing that suggests that this team could win a trophy. In the championship this is already certain, especially after the home defeat from Barcelona two rounds ago with 3-0. They have played a draw with Celta in the last round, so they now fourth and have even seven points less than the second Atletico.
They have one match less, however, it is weak comfort and they have much to improve until the end of the championship. It looks unconvincing in the Cup, so they even played 2-2 on their field against Fuenlabrada and Numancia, but they did not pass further. They did not play in the strongest composition in the Cup, while they cannot count on the injured Ramos and Benzema for this match.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Navas – Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo – Casemiro, T.Kroos, Modric, Isco – Bale, Ronaldo
Villarreal is constant on the sixth in La Liga, although the results of this team are oscillating. They have a series of three defeats, and now they in a series of three games without defeat in the championship, although they have no reason to be happy because they were eliminated from the Cup. The defeat of 1-0 in the first round against Leganes was a tough one, and the home triumph with 2-1 was not enough to pass further. When we add to that a draw against Deportivo in the previous round, it can be said that they are again in a mini crisis. And there were oscillations in Europa League, but they still managed to qualify in the sixteen finals, and what has been a problem lately is their inefficiency.
In the previous five matches they failed to score more than one goal and certainly one of the reasons for inefficiency, the absence of the first shooter of Bakambu. He is still at the exit door of the club and it will undoubtedly weaken the “Yellow Submarine”. In Madrid they will be weakened by the absence of Ruiz due to suspension and Bonera will probably jump instead. After the suspension, Trigueros returns to the middle of the line, and the young Rab moves on the bench.
Probable lineups Villarreal: S.Asenjo – Mario, A.Gonzalez, Bonera, J.Costa – Trigueros, Rodri, Fornals, Castillejo – Bacca. Unal
Real Madrid vs. Villarreal PICK
Real is no real space for some Kits and they have to start winning, even if the opponent was Villarreal. And neither the guests have been shinning lately, and this time they could end worse than last season in Madrid.
Pick: Asian Handicap -1.5 Real Madrid
Odds: 1.62 at bet365 (down to 1.56 can be played)