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Villarreal vs Real Madrid: Match Preview, Key Betting Stats and Team News

The LaLiga champions Real Madrid are set to play Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica, as league football returns in Spain.

Match preview

Unai Emery seems to be doing something right at Villarreal, as they are currently averaging 2.6 points per game on home soil.

They put in a really impressive showing last time out, winning 3-1 away to Getafe to claim 2nd spot heading into the international break.

Things have not been going well for the Los Blancos, however, and their recent 4-1 defeat to Valencia last time out might have put more pressure on Zinedine Zidane. It was also something of a freak match with Valencia winning and converting three penalties.

Los Blancos had been pretty strong on the road prior to that season, taking 10 points from their first 4 away league games including a Clasico victory at Camp Nou. They should at least be able to welcome Casemiro back into the fold this weekend which invariably makes a big difference and it’s unlikely either Marcelo or Isco, both of whom were heavily criticized in Valencia, will keep their places.

Villarreal vs Real Madrid Team News

Here is how we think the teams might lineup:

Predicted Villarreal Starting Lineup:

Asenjo – Pedraza, Albiol, Torres, Mario – Trigueros, Iborra, Parejo – Gomez, Alcacer, Moreno (4-3-3)

Predicted Real Madrid Starting Lineup:

Courtois – Mendy, Varane, Nacho, Carvajal – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Vinicius, Benzema, Asensio (4-3-3)

Key betting stats

Villarreal have won only one of their last 10 home games against Real Madrid in La Liga (D5 L4), 1-0 in December 2015, drawing each of the last three at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Real Madrid have drawn each of their last three games away at Villarreal, but they did win their most recent fixture at Estadio de la Ceramica (2-0 vs Levante). The Merengues could win two away games at the same venue in a single La Liga season for the first time in the 21st century.

After winning at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium in July (2-1), Real Madrid have the chance to win two successive La Liga matches versus Villarreal for the first time since September 2014 (two).

Villarreal have not been beaten in any of their last six fixtures in La Liga (W4 D2), keeping a clean sheet in three of them. The last time they avoided defeat in more consecutive games in the competition was in October 2016 (P9 W5 D4 on that occasion).

Real Madrid have lost two of their last four La Liga games (W2), as many defeats as in their previous 33 games in the competition (W24 D7 L2).

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