Preview: Real Madrid vs. Villarreal

Preview: Real Madrid vs. Villarreal

Real Madrid will be looking to make it six straight wins in all competitions when they continue their La Liga campaign at home to Villarreal on Saturday night.

Los Blancos are currently top of the table, having picked up 16 points from their opening five matches, while Villarreal sit 11th with seven points to show from their first five league games of the season.

Real Madrid’s start to the 2021-22 season has been excellent, with the capital giants sitting top of La Liga courtesy of a record of 16 points from five matches, while they opened their Champions League group-stage campaign with a 1-0 victory away to Inter Milan earlier this month.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are actually on a run of five straight victories in all competitions, including their last four in the league, and the capital giants will enter this weekend’s contest off the back of a 6-1 victory over Mallorca at the Bernabeu, with Marco Asensio scoring a brilliant hat-trick for the home side.

Real Madrid are only two points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid but sit eight points ahead of Barcelona; the Catalan giants, though, have two matches in hand and have made an unbeaten start to their domestic season despite some disappointing performances.

Los Blancos now have back-to-back home games against Villarreal and Sheriff Tiraspol in the league and Champions League respectively before the October international break, and another European victory next week would place the team in an excellent position to reach the round of 16.

Real Madrid recorded a 2-1 victory over Villarreal in the corresponding match last season, but four of the last seven La Liga meetings between the two sides have finished level.

he visitors will enter the contest off the back of a 4-1 league victory over Elche on Wednesday night, and the success was actually the team’s first in Spain’s top flight this term.

Indeed, Unai Emery’s side had drawn their opening four La Liga fixtures of the campaign against Granada, Espanyol, Atletico and Mallorca before the impressive victory over Elche.

Like Real Madrid, Villarreal are competing in the group stages of the Champions League this season, and Emery’s side opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Atalanta BC on September 14; their next clash in the European Cup will take place at Old Trafford against Manchester United next week.

Villarreal finished seventh in Spain’s top flight last term, in addition to winning the Europa League, and there is no question that the squad is strong enough to enjoy another successful campaign.

The Yellow Submarine, as mentioned, have enjoyed some recent success against Real Madrid in terms of draws, but they have not beaten Los Blancos in the league since January 2018.

Real Madrid La Liga form:
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We say: Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal
This is a potential banana skin for Real Madrid, with Villarreal certainly capable of picking up a positive result. Ancelotti’s side will be full of confidence due to their impressive form, though, and we are backing the capital side to put another important three points on the board here.

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