Real Madrid vs Villarreal
SAT 922MAY 2021 – KO 17:00
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
On Saturday afternoon, Real Madrid host Villarreal at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, in a must-win game for the reigning champions in their bid to retain their Spanish top-flight crown.
Los Blancos head into the last game of the league season, second-place and two points behind arch-rivals Atletico Madrid, who top the table. The title race is out of the home team’s hands, as an Atletico Madrid win at Real Valladolid would see Diego Simeone’s team crowned as Spanish champions.
The team from the Spanish capital are unbeaten in 17 La Liga games. They have also won three of their last four in La Liga.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in nine home matches in the Spanish top-flight, having recorded six wins and three draws. Zinedine Zidane’s team have been prolific of late in La Liga, scoring at least two goals in five of their last six league games on home soil.
While Real Madrid are looking to win the title, the visitors are looking to qualify for next season’s Europa League. Unai Emery’s team are seventh-place but are only below sixth-place Real Betis courtesy of an inferior head-to-head record to the Andalusians.
The Yellow Submarine are also just a point adrift of fifth-place Real Sociedad in an extremely tight race for the European spots.
Villarreal have won their last two league games against Eibar and Cadiz. However, the double win came on the back of an eight-game winless run in the Spanish top-flight for Emery’s team.
The visitors have a strong recent away record in La Liga, winning four of their previous five league matches on their travels, while also scoring at least two goals in all four of the away wins.
The home team have several likely absentees through injury, including Raphael Varane, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Lucas Vazquez. Villarreal look set to be without Samuel Chukwueze, Juan Foyth and Vicente Iborra through injury.