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This forthcoming Copa del Rey tie on Thursday sees Villarreal play opponents Real Madrid.
Our Villarreal v Real Madrid predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Villarreal will play in this match coming off the back of a 1-1 La Liga draw versus Celta Vigo.
In that match, Villarreal managed 49% possession and 3 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Villarreal was Gerard Moreno (15'). At the other end, Celta Vigo got 21 shots on goal with 8 on target. Jorgen Strand Larsen (68') scored for Celta Vigo.
Villarreal haven’t been able to stop scoring goals, hitting the target in one hundred percent of their last 6 matches.
They’ve claimed a sum of 21 during that period while seeing the number of goals scored against them stand at 5. That trend might not be carried forward into this match, of course.
After tasting defeat last time out to Barcelona in Supercopa action, Real Madrid will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Real Madrid had 47% possession and 12 shots on goal with 6 on target. The scorer for Real Madrid was Karim Benzema (93'). Barcelona had 11 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Gavi (33'), Robert Lewandowski (45') and Pedri (69') scored for Barcelona.
In their previous half-dozen clashes, Real Madrid have helped themselves to a total of 8 goals. Real Madrid have also managed to score in every single one of those games. During that period, their defenders have had 7 goals scored by their opponents.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings stretching back to 16/07/2020 shows us that Villarreal have won 1 of these and Real Madrid 2, with the number of drawn games standing at 3.
An aggregate of 11 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 5 from El Submarino Amarillo and 6 netted by Los Blancos. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.83.
The previous league encounter between the two was La Liga match day 16 on 07/01/2023 and the score finished Villarreal 2-1 Real Madrid.
On that occasion, Villarreal had 49% possession and 17 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The goalscorers were Yeremy Pino (47') and Gerard Moreno (63').
For their opponents, Real Madrid had 12 shots at goal with 3 on target. Karim Benzema (60') scored.
The referee was César Soto Grado.
Team News: Villarreal
The Villarreal manager Quique Setién has a full complement, with no fitness concerns at all coming into this game owing to a fully healthy group to choose from.
Team News: Real Madrid
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has not got a full squad to pick from. David Alaba (Muscle Injury) and Aurélien Tchouameni (Muscle Injury) won’t be making appearances.
We think that Villarreal could well find it tough to breach the defence of this Real Madrid team who we think will likely be able to grind out a win.
We therefore fancy a good battle with a 0-1 winning score for Real Madrid at the end of the match.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Raúl Albiol
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Quique Setién
Competitions: La Liga position 4, Copa del Rey (Round of 16), Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round), Conference League (Round of 16)
🔑 Star Man: Arnaut Danjuma
Regularly playing in the Left Wing position, Arnaut Danjuma was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After having played his first senior match for Jong PSV in the 2015 - 2016 season, the gifted Forward has netted 2 league goals in the LaLiga 2022 - 2023 season so far in a total of 10 appearances.