Villarreal have lost just two of their last 12 matches at La Ceramica, which has been enough to keep them in the hunt for European football despite not churning out their usual good performances.
The Yellow Submarine have kept just one clean sheet in their last four La Liga games at home, which is something that Real Madrid should look to exploit while trying to get back on song.
A 2-1 away defeat against Valencia is the worst possible preparation for Real Madrid’s weekend excursion, with the pressure mounting on Zidane’s men to not slip up at the top of the table.
Villarreal – Nicola Sansone is struggling with a knock, so Cedric Bakambu and Adrian are expected to start despite Roberto Soldado’s return to fitness. Naija and Bet
Jaume Costa should be preferred to Jose Angel at left-back, with Fran Escriba not likely to make many alterations after winning away against Roma midweek.Samu Castillejo should retain his place in the side over Roberto Soriano, despite the Italian midfielder returning from suspension this weekend.
Real Madrid – Raphael Varane misses out due to injury, with Pepe likely to come into the side at centre-back ahead of Nacho.
Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side, with Gareth Bale not fit enough to be deployed from the off.
Karim Benzema is likely to retain his place up front, with Zinedine Zidane not looking to make wholesale changes despite their midweek loss against Valencia.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Villarreal’s last 7 La Liga games.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Real Madrid’s last 8 away games in La Liga.
Real Madrid are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 matches against Villarreal in all competitions.
Villarreal are undefeated in 9 of their last 10 matches (La Liga).
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