Villarreal-Real Madrid Betting Preview: Why goals at both ends look likely in the first half

Our Spanish expert believes the price of 9/4 for both teams to score in the opening 45 minutes of this match offers plenty of value
A flying start for the Yellow Submarine has seen Villarreal win their opening three matches of the campaign and generally confirm everyone's suspicions that their previous season spent in the Segunda was just a minor aberration.

Playing well and scoring goals, the hosts are priced at 9/2 (5.50) to overcome Real Madrid on Saturday night, while Carlo Ancelotti's side can be backed at 8/15 (1.53) for the win.

The international break has not been the kindest for Real Madrid, with Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao both returning with injuries.

There will be some changes at the back for the Whites as a result, changes which could play into Villarreal's hands.

As mentioned, the hosts have been solid in front of goal netting eight times in three league games and the bookies believe there will be goals in this one.

Indeed both teams to score is offered at just 1/2 (1.50).

Infinitely more appealing is the price of 9/4 (3.25) for both teams to score in the first half.

Madrid have netted first-half goals in all of their games so far this season with Villarreal scoring in the opening 45 of their last two. For a small investment this looks like a solid option.

Both teams to score in the first half at 9/4 (3.25) 0.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid