Pressured to have added just one point from the last six he played in the Spanish league, Real Madrid host Villarreal on Saturday, January 13 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. The game is part of the nineteenth round LaLiga 2017/2018 schedule, the last of the first round. The beginning is scheduled for 13:15 (Brasília time).
The recent performance of Real Madrid
For the Real will still not be the close of the first half of the season. The club still has an unfinished game. The match against Leganés was postponed when the meringues were competing for the FIFA Club World Cup. There is no new date yet.
However, even considering that the current Spanish champion has a game less than practically all his rivals, the situation of the team of the capital is quite delicate. With 32 points (nine wins, five draws and three losses) he is in fourth place. That would mean having to play in the knockout phase of the Champions League to try to gain a place in the continental group’s tournament next season.
Of course, the club is still in contention for the tournament, of which it is the current double champion, in the current season. However, even the argument that was used to highlight poor results in LaLiga has dropped. Many analysts said that players lacked interest in smaller games, but in really important games the situation was different. The home defeat by 3 to 0, in the classic against Barcelona diminished the belief in this theory.
On Wednesday, January 10, the Real once again demonstrated that he has not had the necessary dedication. Acting in their dominions, it was in the tie with the Numancia, of the Second Division, by 2 to 2. There are mitigating factors for this failure. The team had won the first leg 3-0 and needed only to manage that advantage. In addition, coach Zinedine Zidane fielded a team almost entirely reserve.
However, even taking these factors into account, Real Madrid’s substitutes should have the ability to outdo a LaLiga team2. For Sunday, Zidane will certainly put the best team available. It remains to be seen whether the players show any interest in the match. The recent series of bad results puts a little more pressure on athletes.
Of the holders, only two will not be able to act. They are in injury treatment defender Sergio Ramos (13 matches in the Spanish 2017/2018 Championship, no goal) and striker Karim Benzema (12 matches, two goals).
The current form of Villarreal
The “Yellow Submarine” also entered the field on Wednesday, January 10. He won, but he did not. In their dominions, beat Leganés, by 2 to 1. Having lost the first match by 1 to 0, it ended up being eliminated in the criterion of the qualified goal, where the goals scored away from home are worth more.
The only positive side to being faced with an in-house elimination for an opponent with a technically inferior cast and much lower investment capacity is the relief in the timing. For the second half of the year Villarreal will only have the Europa League, where they will face Lyon, France, in the next phase and the Spanish Championship.
Your situation in LaLiga is not one of the most comfortable. With 28 points (eight wins, four draws and six losses), he occupies the sixth position, the last in the classification zone for European tournaments. The Eibar, seventh place, however, is only one point behind.
To try to stay in the elite squad, coach Javier Calleja will have to deal with many bruising problems. They are in the medical department the goalkeeper Andres Fernandez (two games in the Spanish Championship 2017/2018); defender Ruben Semedo (four games, no goal); midfielder Roberto Soriano (12 games, no goal); and attackers Nicola Sansone (nine games, three goals) and Leonardo Suárez (a game without a goal).
History of the matches between Real Madrid and Villarreal
Two wins of the Real and a draw were the results of the three most recent matches between the teams. Villarreal won the duel for the last time in the 2015/2016 season. At home, he made it 1-0. At Santiago Bernabéu he never managed to beat Real.
In normal conditions of temperature and pressure and with the players demonstrating some disposition, Real is the best option for hunches. It has a price of 1.25 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 6.20 and successful visitor allows the multiplication of the investment by 10.00.