Real Madrid VS Villarreal Live Football Match Score 07 jan 2023
Reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid will be bidding to make it three straight La Liga victories when they face Villarreal on Saturday afternoon.
Los Blancos are currently second in the table, level on points (38) with leaders Barcelona, while Villarreal occupy seventh position, one point behind sixth-placed Real Betis ahead of the next set of fixtures.Villarreal have had their problems this season, but the Yellow Submarine have won their last two in the league, including a 2-1 success over Valencia last weekend, which moved them onto 24 points from 15 matches.
Quique Setien’s side are only one point behind sixth-placed Real Betis and just three behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, so they are in a solid position at this stage of the campaign, and a victory over the champions on Saturday afternoon would be another huge step in the right direction.
Villarreal were in Copa del Rey action on Tuesday, recording a 5-1 victory over FC Cartagena to secure their spot in the last-16 stage of the competition.
The Yellow Submarine are also competing in the Europa Conference League this season, progressing to the knockout round of the competition by topping Group C with 13 points from six matches.
Villarreal, who have finished fifth, seventh and seventh in their last three La Liga campaigns, have actually held Real Madrid to goalless draws in their last two league meetings, but they have not managed to overcome the capital outfit in Spain’s top flight since a 1-0 success at Bernabeu in January 2018.Real Madrid have not lost away to Villarreal since December 2015, which is a staggering run of results against the Yellow Submarine on the road, and they will be bidding to extend that record on Saturday afternoon.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were back in La Liga action against Real Valladolid on December 30, recording a 2-0 victory courtesy of a late double from Karim Benzema, and the result moved the reigning champions onto 38 points from their 15 matches, which is the same as leaders Barcelona at this stage.
Barcelona are in action against Atletico Madrid on Sunday, so Real Madrid will have the chance to again move to the summit with a win here, and Los Blancos have the best away record in La Liga this season, picking up 21 points from their eight matches on their travels.
Real Madrid also played in the Copa del Rey earlier this week, progressing to the round of 16 courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Cacereno, with Rodrygo netting the only goal of the contest in the 69th minute.
Ancelotti’s side are preparing to enter a busy run of matches, as they will face Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals on January 10 ahead of a possible final against Barcelona or Real Betis, while they will also take on Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad in the league before the end of the month.Villarreal will be missing Giovani Lo Celso on Saturday afternoon due to a hamstring problem, while Francis Coquelin is also a major doubt for the home side here.
There will be changes to the side that started in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, with Juan Foyth, Etienne Capoue, Samuel Chukwueze, Dani Parejo, Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno and Yeremi Pino all set to return.
However, there will be no Geronimo Rulli, who is on the verge of making the move to Ajax.
As a result, Pepe Reina is set to feature between the sticks for just the second time in La Liga this season.
As for Real Madrid, Mariano Diaz is again absent with an ankle issue, while Dani Carvajal is also out due to a minor issue, so Lucas Vazquez is in line to start at right-back, with Alvaro Odriozola also out of the squad.
There had been some fears over Thibaut Courtois’s availability, but the Belgium international is fit to start in goal for the Spanish and European champions.
There will be wholesale changes to the side that started in the Copa del Rey last time out, with David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius Junior all set to return to the starting team for this contest.
Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Reina; Femenia, Foyth, P Torres, Moreno; Capoue, Parejo; Chukwueze, Baena, Pino; Danjuma
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, ViniciusReal Madrid travel to the Ceramica for one of the standout fixtures this weekend in Spain. Villarreal are hoping to build on a derby win over Valencia last weekend and will fancy their chances here with Los Blancos not totally convincing this term.
Despite a recent coaching appointment, Villarreal still headed into the World Cup break in uncertain fashion with pressure already building on coach Quique Setien. There was even speculation that he would be sacked before the resumption but the former Betis and Barcelona boss looks in a much stronger position now having watched his side defeat Valencia thanks to a strong 2nd Half comeback before hitting five goals after the break to progress in the Copa del Rey at Cartagena in midweek.
There are at least a few more signs that things are starting to click with this Villarreal side clearly taking some time to adapt to the methods of the new boss. The January transfer window may also help Setien’s reign take shape. It has started with news of a slightly surprising exit for first choice keeper Gerónimo Rulli who is off to Ajax leaving veteran Pepe Reina to compete with youngsters Filip Jorgensen and Iker Alvarez for the number one role.
It’s likely to be an altogether quieter month at the Santiago Bernabeu with Real Madrid’s business likely to be limited. However judging by their lacklustre display in the Copa del Rey in midweek, they could probably do with another option in the final third. Carlo Ancelotti rested a number of key players but wouldn’t have been too impressed as his side limped to a 1-0 win at minnows CP Cacereño with Rodrygo netting the winner.
Karim Benzema was among those left in Madrid, but he did prove the difference with a late brace to see off Real Valladolid last time out in LaLiga. It was a good result in what could have been a tricky game, made all the better by Barcelona’s inability to win the derby with Espanyol. This is going to be a challenging month for Madrid though with some tough league fixtures, as well as Supercopa and Copa del Rey matches to squeeze in, and they’ll need to play well to come away with three points here.