Real Madrid will host Villarreal in the La Liga matchday 37. Los Blancos have the first “match point” of the 2019/20 La Liga. To be crowned champions today they need three points. Villarreal intends to book a Europa League place next season. To be closer to that goal, the yellow submarine needs to beat Real Madrid and secure fifth place.
Check a complete match preview and betting prediction for tonight’s match.
Real Madrid can be crowned Champions today
Real Madrid enters the field ready to get their hands on the trophy. Zidane’s team is very close to the 34th La Liga title for Real Madrid. To do it, they need to beat Villarreal, their tenth consecutive win in La Liga.
Despite their powerful offensive players, the strength of this Real Madrid has been in defense and in the ability to not concede goals. The best defensive record in the league conceded only three goals after competition’s break. Last Monday Granada found a way to beat Courtois. Before that, the Belgian keeper kept a clean sheet for more than 500 minutes.
In the first round, Villarreal and Real Madrid drew (2-2), a result that is common in their recent meetings.
At Real Madrid, Marcelo, Nacho and Luka Jovic are all injured and out of tonight’s match.
Real Madrid predicted starting lineup
Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Rodrygo, Asensio and Benzema.
Villarreal looking to secure fifth place
Villarreal does not travel to Madrid only to attend Real Madrid celebrations. The team led by Javier Calleja is fifth on the table and wants to secure qualification for next season’s Europa League. To take a step towards that they need to beat Real Madrid.
The Yellow Submarine will try to win again after the home defeat against Real Sociedad. The team has a good record after the championship return, achieving six wins in nine games. A curious fact could “help” Villarreal: in the last seven games, only one was won by the home team.
Villarreal has many players out of the game. Gererd Moreno, Mariano Barbosa and Vicente Iborra are suspended. Carlos Bacca, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ramiro Guerra are injured.
Villarreal predicted starting lineup
Asenjo, Mario, Pau, Albiol, Alberto Moreno, Trigueros, Anguissa, Moi Gómez, Ontiveros, Chukwueze and Gerard Moreno.
The recent clashes between Real Madrid and Villarreal witnessed many goals. Check here the odds for more than 2.5 goals.