Real Madrid v Villarreal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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The Bernabeu has not witnessed many high scoring games this season and we think another tight encounter is on the cards on Saturday afternoon

The testing period for Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane continues as his side look for their first league win since 9 December this weekend.

Los Blancos drew their opening league match of 2018 2-2 at Celta last week and then could only record the same scoreline against second division Numancia in the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday night, all of which has increased the pressure on the manager.

Villarreal, meanwhile, were knocked out of the Copa on Wednesday by Leganes, although in the league they sit just four points behind Real Madrid and last season they recorded a creditable 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

Match odds

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dabblebet offer Los Blancos at 1/4 (1.25) to claim their sixth home league win of the season, while Villarreal can be backed at 9/1 (10.00) to claim their first ever league win at the Bernabeu, with the draw offered at 11/2 (6.50).

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Team news

Real Madrid are without their captain Sergio Ramos, who remains sidelined through injury alongside Karim Benzema, meaning Gareth Bale is likely to start up front along with Cristiano Ronaldo.

For Villarreal, midfielder Roberto Soriano remains a doubt having missed the first games of the year with a knee injury, while striker Nicola Sansone is pushing for a return after a month out with a calf problem.

Goals at a premium at the Bernabeu

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This season Real Madrid have struggled in the final third, not in creating chances but in taking them, and their total of 32 goals after 17 league matches is their lowest since the 2006/7 season.

The Yellow Submarine have played three away games this season at top sides in La Liga, with their visits to Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid finishing 1-1 and their trip to Valencia seeing them record a 1-0 win, so there is every chance that we could see another low scoring game at the Bernabeu.

Tips and predictions

Under 3.5 goals in the game is offered at 21/20 (2.05) and has paid out in six of Madrid's last eight home league matches, while also proving the correct selection in five of Villarreal's last six La Liga games on the road.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Under 3.5 goals at 21/20 (2.05) for a 2.5pt stake with dabblebet

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