Unbeaten in their last four games in La Liga, Villarreal will be looking to keep their record going when they host the league leaders Real Madrid at the Estadio de la Ceramica in the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Villarreal Facing A Tough Challenge
The hosts have been solid especially at the back in their last five league games. The team have lost just two games in their last 12 games at home. Villarreal have collected a total of 8 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Real Sociedad away from home where they won 1-0.
Villarreal are currently sitting in the 6th place in the league table. They have 39 points from 10 wins, 9 draws and 4 losses. The team scored 30 goals and conceded 15 since the start of the season.
Jaume Costa should be preferred to Jose Angel at left-back, with Fran Escriba not likely to make many alterations after winning away against Roma midweek. Samu Castillejo should retain his place in the side over Roberto Soriano, despite the Italian midfielder returning from suspension this weekend.
Real Madrid Looking to Widen the Gap
The Yellow Submarine have kept only one clean sheet in their last four La Liga games. The visitors should take advantage of that point in order to increase the gap between them and Barcelona. Real Madrid have collected a total of 12 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Espanyol at home where they won 2-0.
Real Madrid are currently sitting in the 1st place in the league table. They have 52 points from 16 wins, 4 draws and 1 losses. They have scored 56 goals and conceded 18 since the start of the season.
Raphael Varane misses out due to injury, with Pepe likely to come into the side at centre-back ahead of Nacho. Lucas Vazquez should be preferred to James Rodriguez out on the right-hand side, with Gareth Bale not fit enough to be deployed from the off.
Head To Head
Real Madrid have won 3 of the last 5 meetings between the two teams. The last clash between the two teams was in September 2016 when the final score was 1-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
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