Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Whites worth opposing on current form

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Odds: Real Madrid 11/50, Draw 11/2, Villarreal 9/1

Kick Off: 1515, 13/01/2018

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu

TV: Sky Sports

Teams no longer seem to suffer from the fear factor when facing Real Madrid and Villarreal look a value bet to be competitive at the Bernabeu this weekend.

The Yellow Submarines have managed to avoid defeat against the Whites in five of their last nine meetings and travel to the capital city in decent form.

We’re kicking off our Real Madrid vs Villarreal betting predictions by taking 6/5 for the visitors with two goals start on the handicap list.

A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds

Speculation is mounting over the future of Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, with the reigning champions only fourth in LaLiga, 16 points adrift of arch-rivals Barcelona.

The Whites were crushed 3-0 at the Bernabeu by the Catalan giants before Christmas and dropped two more points when drawing 2-2 at Celta Vigo last Sunday.

Real did manage to progress in Copa del Rey via a 5-2 aggregate win over Numancia but Wednesday’s second leg finished 2-2 at this venue, albeit with a number of big names rested.

One bright spot in the recent struggles has been the return to full fitness of Gareth Bale, who bagged a brace at Balaidos last weekend.

Looking at the Real Madrid vs Villarreal odds, it could be worth having a saver on the Wales winger to score first at 13/4.

A Look At Villarreal’s Betting Odds

Villarreal no longer have to worry about the cup after a midweek 2-1 home win over Leganes couldn’t prevent them from going out via the away goals rule.

The Yellow Submarines are going along nicely in LaLiga, though, currently lying in sixth spot, just four points behind Real.

Javier Calleja will have been slightly disappointed with a 1-1 draw against Deportivo last time out in this competition.

However, they did claim back-to-back away wins at Celta Vigo and third-placed Valencia before that, putting in strong defensive displays on both occasions.

Three of the last nine encounters between these teams have ended 1-1, so 12/1 for a repeat of that scoreline is added to our Real Madrid vs Villarreal betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

REAL MADRID 2-2 Numancia – Lucas Vazquez (2)

VILLARREAL 2-1 Leganes – Raba, Denis Cheryshev

Head-to-head: Villarreal 2-3 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal, Real Madrid 3-0 Villarreal, Villarreal 1-0 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal, Villarreal 0-2 Real Madrid

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Best bets for Real Madrid vs Villarreal

Villarreal with two goals start @ 6/5

Gareth Bale to score first @ 13/4

Correct score of 1-1 @ 12/1

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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