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Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Predictions
The season comes down to this. Just two points currently separates Madrid rivals Real in second from Atleti at the summit. Zinedine Zidane will be praying for Valladolid to pull off an upset when Diego Simeone’s men travel to the Jose Zorrilla, but the Frenchman must first worry about his own club’s affairs.
Los Blancos will be hoping the distraction of a Europa League final for Villarreal will take their maximum concentration off this clash in the capital, and having never triumphed against Real in nine away games, Unai Emery will know he faces an uphill battle in Valdebebas.
Of course, with the Yellow Submarine currently seventh, level on points with Real Betis in the Europa Conference League position and just a point adrift of fifth-placed Real Sociedad, Emery will know his side must get a result to secure continental football next season, or everything rests on beating Man Utd.
The allure of silverware will of course give them all the incentive and motivation they need to produce against the English club, but knowing their only route into Europe next season could potentially be by winning the showpiece in Poland, that should give them an extra adrenaline shot to get a result against Real
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Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Match Stats
This game could hinge on which in-form striker turns up on the day. Karim Benzema, recently recalled for the France national set-up for Euro 2020, is currently third in the Pichichi race for top scorer (22), behind only Lionel Messi (30) and Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno (23).
Incredibly, Moreno currently boasts the second-best goalscoring record by a Villarreal player in a single season in the top-flight, behind only Diego Forlan in 2004/05 (25 goals). A brace would match the Uruguayan’s sensational record and those goals could potentially fire Villarreal into Europe for next season and break Emery’s away duck against Real. But, of course, the reigning champions will not be so easy to penetrate, particularly with their title on the line.
21 Nov 2020 – Villarreal 1-1 Real Madrid – La Liga
16 Jul 2020 – Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal – La Liga
01 Sep 2019 – Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid – La Liga
05 May 2019 – Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal – La Liga
03 Jan 2019 – Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid – La Liga
Emery will take comfort from his side’s 1-1 draw in autumn, in which a late Moreno penalty cancelled out Mariano’s early-opener. However, the club have lost a staggering 70% of their away games against Los Blancos in La Liga, which is their highest away loss ratio against a single side (two+ visits).