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  • September 14, 2013
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Camp El Madrigal, Villarreal
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 23852
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La Liga Preview: Villarreal - Real Madrid

La Liga Preview: Villarreal - Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale is slated to play some part for Los Blancos as they look to continue their perfect start to the season, but they face a tricky test at El Madrigal.

Gareth Bale is expected to make his Real Madrid bow on Saturday as the Blancos travel to Villarreal, with both having made 100 percent starts to the season.

Following his world-record transfer from Tottenham, the Wales international is expected to be involved for Carlo Ancelotti's side, having featured for his country against Serbia on Tuesday. Bale has admitted he might not be fully fit, but insisted he would be happy to play any role his coach needs him to on Saturday.

"We have to wait until the match day to see whether I'm picked or not," Bale said. "But hopefully I can get my fitness up straight away and get a place in the team.

"I have spoken to the boss about where I'm best on the pitch, but I will play anywhere I'm asked."

Both sides have started the season with three wins out of three, but with Madrid dominating its opponents in recent meetings, it will be the favorite to maintain its winning ways. Real has won 17 of the 26 meetings between the two side and has not lost any of their last six encounters.

Villarreal only lost seven games on the way to a second-placed finish and automatic promotion from the Segunda Division last season, and the Yellow Submarine has started the new campaign well behind in-form Mexican attacker Giovani Dos Santos.

El Madrigal has been a tough place for teams to visit in the past 12 months, with only three sides having left with all three points, and captain Bruno Soriano remains confident the club can surprise Real Madrid.

"It's a chance to show that we can compete with anyone and that we can fight against a team like Madrid," Soriano said. "Last year, we were dreaming about playing these teams, and now the opportunity has arrived and we want to put in a great performance.

"Personally I prefer it if an opponent is at full strength and that the best come so we can take them on. Although even if Madrid has some players out, I am sure they will have the same level of quality."

Xabi Alonso (foot) and Raphael Varane (knee) will definitely be missing for Madrid; however Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco are expected to be available having taken part in training on Thursday.

Bojan Jokic (hamstring) and Francisco Farinos (Achilles) are doubts for the hosts having already missed the opening matches of the season.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Villarreal

Real Madrid

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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Villarreal Club de Fútbol VIL
Villarreal Club de Fútbol Villarreal
Draw
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Villarreal Club de Fútbol VIL
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Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Villarreal Club de Fútbol VIL
0 - 4
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Villarreal Club de Fútbol VIL
0 - 3
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA

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