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Nairabet Preview: Real Madrid vs Villarreal: Expect goal action at both ends of the Bernabeu

04:37 GMT 12/01/2018
Mario Gaspar Cristiano Ronaldo Villarreal Real Madrid LaLiga 26022017
Los Blancos have not lost to the Ciudad Deportiva outfit in their last three meetings and will be hoping to maintain the status quo this weekend

Real Madrid welcome Villarreal to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for their Primera Division outing on Saturday afternoon.

Zinedine Zidane’s men were held to a 2-2 draw by Numancia in Wednesday’s Copa Del Rey tie - their second consecutive stalemate in as many games. Though they progressed to the next round of the competition 5-2 on aggregate, they will be aiming to return to winning ways.

Prior to their 3-0 El Clasico bashing by Barcelona at Bernabeu just before Christmas, they have not tasted defeat in their last nine home games.

In addition, Los Blancos boast of better stats on head to head with their visitors having won 21 of their previous 34 meetings. Though they might be without Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema owing to injury, they will still be expected to coast to victory at the odds of (1.30) with Nairabet.

A share of spoils at the end of 90 minutes of action comes in at a chunky (6.75).

Villarreal are in fifth spot on the table, four points adrift of their hosts and will look to close the gap with a victory on Saturday.

This might however be herculean as they have not been formidable on their travels, bearing in mind that they lost on their last away trip. The betting outfit has quoted them as underdogs for this clash at odds of (9.50).

Real have won five of their last seven engagements and punters looking to make cool returns can back them to win either half at the price of (1.14).

The reigning champions have registered 29 goals in their last 12 games while Pere Marti’s charges have netted in four of their last five duels. Goals will thus be expected to be at a premium with the bookmakers offering (1.25) for over 2.5 goals.

Both sides have found the back of the net in six of their last nine meetings and Nairabet is offering (1.55) for the sides to score in the clash.