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Real Madrid will be traveling to the El Madrigal in match week 24 of the Spanish La Liga 2021-22 season, to take on hosts Villarreal.
The top football betting sites are actually offering slightly higher odds on Real Madrid to win this match and we think that could be a great betting opportunity!
After losing out to neighbors Atletico Madrid in the previous season's title race, Real Madrid is once again on the top of the tables this time around. The team is enjoying a relatively comfortable lead of 6 points over second-placed Sevilla but will be no doubt looking to extend its lead further by collecting 3 points from this game.
The New Year however hasn’t been so fruitful for them, as they have won just 2 of the 4 La Liga games they have played, dropping 5 important points in the process. They were also recently knocked out of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals by Athletic Club. A win in this game will be a huge confidence booster for Carlo Ancelotti’s team ahead of its clash against PSG in the Champions League next week.
After an average start to the season, and a dip in form from thereon, Villarreal has seen a resurgence of sorts, winning 6 of its last 8 games, and losing just 1. This has allowed them to close into a top-4 spot, and only 3 points now separate 6th placed Villarreal and 4th placed Barcelona, who do have an extra game in hand.
Having won the Europa League last season, the team will now look to make it directly into the Champions League for the next season. The hosts come into this game high on confidence, having beaten a higher placed Real Betis 2-0 in their own backyard in its previous game.
Match prediction and betting tips for Villarreal CF vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal, on 12th February 2022.
Despite splurging money, Villarreal has been marred by inconsistencies in its gameplay and has kept them away from being title contenders in the La Liga. With the entry of players like Giovani Celso, who is on loan from Tottenham, Unai Emery will hope for a top 4 finish this time around. The team will be missing out on Ruben Pena, Francis Coquelin, and Paco Alcacer for this match.
As for the visitors, star players like Karim Benzema, Casemiro, Ferland Mendy, and Mariano Diaz are unlikely to make the trip. Vinicius Junior is likely to start the game, back after serving his suspension.
With Real Madrid missing some of its key players, Villarreal may just find itself capable of matching the visitors goal for goal in this key clash. The odds on the draw are the most attractive and when there is nothing really to separate the two teams, we think chasing the odds makes sense.
Bet on a draw.
Goals seem to flow when Real Madrid and Villareal meet. Both teams have scored in four out of the previous five matches that they have played against each other. We know that a couple of key goal-scorers are missing from this match but we still think that the odds on offer are good enough to take a punt.