Arguably, given that a place in the Champions League is potentially at stake, tonight's clash is more important and with fourth placed Athletic Bilbao picking up three points at the weekend, both sides will be desperate for the win to keep pace.
Betway price the hosts as clear favorites at 9/10 (1.90) while La Real are offered at 14/5 (3.80) and the draw available at 5/2 (3.50).
Villarreal's home form has been curious this season, drawing with both Atletico and Real Madrid, thrashing Valencia 4-1 yet losing to both Getafe and Sevilla. One thing they have consistently done is scored, netting in eight out of nine league fixtures at El Madrigal.
The Basques meanwhile have been in similarly impressive scoring form managing to find the back of the net in each of their least five away matches scoring ten goals in the process.
Both teams to score seems like the logical bet therefore, and Betway are top priced at 3/4 (1.75) which looks big enough to consider.
This bet has paid out in seven of Villarreal's nine home matches and the same number of times in La Real's nine away games.
Though these two sides played out a goalless draw on Thursday, that was the first leg of a two legged cup tie of relatively little significance in the broader scheme of things. Both sides will be highly motivated for tonight meaning there should be goals at both ends.
|Both teams to score at 3/4 (1.75) 1.5 point stake with Betway|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid.