Real Madrid have the chance to clinch the La Liga title tonight if they beat Villarreal.
With two matchdays to go, Real Madrid have the chance to become La Liga champions once again, if they manage to beat Villarreal. If Barcelona drops points against Osasuna, then a draw would also suffice for Real Madrid.
Unbeaten since the restart, Real Madrid will look for their 10th straight win. But Villarreal have been in great form too, with six wins in nine games since La Liga came back, they could pose a problem for Zidane and his men.
The last game between the two teams ended with a 2-2 draw back in September. Villarreal currently sit in fifth place with no chance of getting the fourth spot and qualifying for UEFA Champions League, they will have to fight and settle for a Europa League Spot. With Real Sociedad and Getafe breathing up their necks, they will take any point they can to secure a 5th/6th spot.
Real Madrid are fighting for the ultimate prize: A La Liga Champions title. This makes tonight’s match the most important one of the season.
Injuries / Suspensions
Real Madrid will be without Marcelo who is injured. James has been left out of the squad again, but good news is the return of Nacho, who recovered from injury this week. Luka Jovic is also part of the squad after testing negative for the third straight time.
Villarreal will be without forward Carlos Bacca and defender Ramiro Funes Mori due to injuries. Goalkeeper Mariano Barbosa is also out due to injury.
Guessing Zidane’s lineup right now is similar to winning the lottery. The chances to guess right are pretty slim. He has not rotated heavily in defense, but in midfield and attack it’s hard to guess who will start for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, Asensio, Benzema.
Villarreal: Asenjo, Peña, Albiol, Torres, Moreno, Chukuwueze, Anguissa, Iborra, Cazorla, Moreno, Alcácer
With a La Lige title on the line, Real Madrid will be playing at 110% percent tonight. It’s going to be a tough match but it’s hard to see Real Madrid lose or draw this one.
Final prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal