La Liga Match Preview: Real Madrid vs. Villarreal

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Updated: February 6, 2014
Real Madrid

Match Date: 08 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

 

Real Madrid

Amid a controversial sending off of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid were held in a draw by Athletic Bilbao at San Mames. The Portuguese forward was given a red card following an alleged reaction to a jostle by Carlos Gurpegi and then a conflict with Ander Iturraspe in the 75th minute. The suspension might have been the main reason why Los Blancos lost two points from the match. Just a minute before that, Bilbao had scored an equaliser through substitute Ibai. Jesé Rodríguez opened the scoring.

 

Despite the deadlock, Real Madrid are still at the top of the table—three points clear of the former leaders Barcelona. They are unbeaten in 23 matches, with four stalemates and 19 victories.

 

Villarreal

Villarreal’s five most recent matches were mostly successful, except for their penultimate fixture when they were beaten by Real Valladolid in a one-goal clean sheet. The side are currently ranked at the top five, four points clear of Real Sociedad but 17 points short of the league leaders Atletico Madrid.

 

In their latest battle, El Submarino Amarillo soared high with a 3-1 La Liga triumph. Substitute Jeremy Perbet found the net twice as Villarreal eased a win over struggling Osasuna. Perbet and Manu Trigueros fired goals in the second period to give the Yellow Submarine a deserved 2-0 lead. The French forward sent his second goal in the 75th minute, despite Oriol Riera’s late consolation.

 

Sports betting tip: With Real Madrid fervently looking ways to retaliate and Villarreal experiencing a ballooning number of sidelined players, expect this match to end in the hosts’ favor.

 

Real Madrid | Image source: bleacherreport.net