Villarreal vs. Real Madrid Spanish La Liga Predictions, Picks and Betting Tips 7-16-2020
Villarreal (17-6-13) vs. Real Madrid (25-8-3)
Spanish La Liga soccer on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 15:00 ET
Venue: Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium, Madrid, Spain
The Line: Villarreal +525/ Draw +359/ Real Madrid -222; O/U 3
TV: beIN Sport, Eleven Sports and Telekom Sport
With 4 points clear of second-placed Barcelona at the top of the league table, Real Madrid (WWWWW) will host Villarreal (LWLWW) at the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium on Thursday night, a win that could see them win their 34th La Liga title.
Real Madrid clinched their 9th La Liga victory in a last time out narrow 2-1 win over Granada over the weekend. Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy’s early first-half goals helped Madrid’s victory. Occupying the top position with 83 points, Real Madrid has recorded 25 wins, 8 draws, and 3 losses. Zinedine Zidane’s side continues their stunning form since league restart. This season, Madrid has recorded 66 goals, 22 conceded goals, 49 assists, 19 clean sheets, 226 shots on-target, 78 yellow cards, and 4 red card bookings.
Real Madrid veteran Karim Benzema is a crucial player to look out for in the match. Benzema has recorded the league’s second-highest goals and has scored nine of ten La Liga home goals this season in victories. Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s league-best goalie, Thibaut Courtois, will stay in front of the net. Courtois has allowed 19 goals, an average of 0.58 goals allowed per 90 minutes, 73 saves and 18 clean sheets in 33 appearances.
In contrast, Villarreal occupies the 5th position with 57 points. Overall, the team has recorded 17 wins, 6 draws and 13 losses, which puts them in the first Europa League spot, 3 points ahead of Getafe and Real Sociedad. Villarreal maintains an excellent game form since league restart, recording their second loss in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Real Sociedad in their last time out. In the game, Willian Jose and Diego Llorente scored the two goals for Real Sociedad in the second half of the game. In contrast, Santi Cazorla scored a late consolation goal for Villarreal in the 85th-minute. Overall, Villarreal has registered 58 goals, 47 conceded goals, 164 shots on-target, 11 clean sheets, 93 yellow cards, and 3 red card bookings.
Villarreal top-scorer Gerard Moreno will lead the team’s forward group. He has netted his last three La Liga away goals in the first half. In front of the net for Villarreal is Sergio Asenjo. Asenjo has allowed 39 goals in 33 appearances, an average of 1.18 goals allowed per 90 minutes, which puts him in the 8th position.
Real Madrid has an excellent home game record, with an unbeaten home game run this season. They have won 14 out of 18 home games, which puts them in the 2nd position. Villarreal owns the 4th best away record in La Liga top flight during this season with 9 wins and 8 losses out of 18 games. Both teams have won only once out of 5 previous meetings by a lone goal margin.
Coach: Javier Calleja
Goalkeeper: Sergio Asenjo
Players: Mario Gaspar, Raul Albiol, Pau Francisco Torres, Alberto Moreno, Samuel Chukwueze, Vicente de La Fuente Iborra, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Santiago Cazorla, Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcácer
Coach: Zinedine Zidane
Goalkeeper: Thibaut Courtois
Players: Ferland Mendy, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Daniel Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio
Prediction: Take Real Madrid -222
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