Villarreal vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Thursday, 3 January 2019
Kick-off at 20:30 UK/ 21:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villareal).
Real Madrid look to build on the Club World Cup success when they resume their La Liga campaign with the trip to Villarreal this Thursday.
The Los Blancos come to Ceramica with a game in hand and 8 points behind the league leaders Barcelona. They are 4th in the standings and a win here keep their position unchanged before going into matchday 18 this weekend.
Villarreal went into the winter break after a 2-2 draw against the rock bottom team Huesca. This sum up a terrible first half of the campaign resulting in them sitting at the top of relegation zone.
A win or draw against Madrid on Thursday will take them out of the drop zone, but this will be temporary with their gap with 17th placed Bilbao being a solitary point.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Head-to-head
Villarreal enjoyed a mini success against Madrid last season with a 1-0 win at Bernabeu and a 2-2 draw in the reverse leg at Ceramica.
However, Real Madrid hold a superior overall record in h2h meetings over the last decade. Also, the team in all-white lost just 1 of their last 8 visits to Ceramica, won 4 and drew 3.
It will be worth to note that Real scored at least 1 goal in all but one of their last 10 visits to Villarreal. They netted 2 or more on 8 occasions during that period.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Prediction
Both teams are in desperate need of wins and Thursday’s contest thus present us with an interesting proposition.
The first thing punters expect from this match is a lot of goals since both teams have heavy artillery upfront. On top of that, Real has been scoring heavily in games away from Bernabeu, 21 is the number of goals they scored in the last 8. Villarreal’s weakest area is defense, but they netted 20 goals in the last 6 home games in all competitions.
To sum up, punters must make use of the 1.85 odds offered by bookies on an away win. The current form and recent h2h affairs at this stadium clearly suggest that Real Madrid are poised to outscore the team in yellow at the end of 90 minutes.
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
My top recommendation for this match is Real Madrid win with both teams scoring priced at 3.20 (11/5).
Another decent punt is to back the visitors to score at least twice here for 1.60 odd.