The stadium “Ceramica” in Villarreal will be the site of the next match of the Spanish championship. The local club of the same name will host Real Madrid. The teams have different tasks. The hosts are among the teams from the top of the table, the “yellow submarine” is fighting for a place in the European Cup. The guests, on the other hand, are one of two contenders for the title. What should be taken into account before the starting whistle?
Villarreal beat Valencia at home in their last match. Earlier there was a victory over Espanyol thanks to an auto-goal from goalkeeper Benjamin Leconte. The hosts are in ninth place in the standings with 24 points. “Submariners” have been showing inconsistent results lately. Unai Emery’s former team suffered four defeats and took four wins in the last eight matches. “Villarreal has four wins in six home matches.
Madrid got back on the winning track back in the game against Cadiz. Then there was the victory over Valladolid. It came after two matches without a win. Goals from Eder Militao and Toni Kroos helped Real Madrid to a 2-1 home victory over the Yellow and Blue. The previous losses almost hindered the fight against Barcelona, but the Catalans have recently stumbled themselves – the arch-rivals now have 38 points each. “Real have lost two of their last three away games in different tournaments.
“The Submariners” have not lost in six of their previous seven face-to-face home games in La Liga (one win and five worldwide). Villarreal players have scored at least one goal in nine of the previous 11 face-to-face home meetings in La Liga.
“The Blancos” are fine, as the game with Valladolid showed. The next opponent of Ancelotti’s team is a team more savvy, but the Madrid side themselves after the international break will be gaining with each match.
With all the ability of the “submariners” to withstand the visitors at home, the current Villarreal does not look the team that is ready to play on equal terms with Real. The visitors will be closer to three points.