Villarreal will look for a fresh start in 2019 when they welcome Real Madrid at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Thursday night for the first La Liga tie of this new year. Villarreal only managed a 2-2 away draw at Huesca in the previous round despite the fact they had a one-goal lead following strikes from Carlos Bacca and Gerardo Moreno. On the flip side, Real Madrid narrowly won 1-0 at home against Rayo Vallecano thanks to a first-half goal from Karim Benzema. Follow all our predictions, odds, free bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Villarreal’s form towards the end of 2018 has been a complete mixed bag with five draws, three wins and two defeats in their last ten competitive outings. They are currently on a three-game winless run in La Liga, but sandwiched in-between these results they did well to secure two wins in Europa League and Copa del Rey. The positive fact is that Villarreal looked a bit better on home soil where they have only lost once in their last seven games across all competitions.
On the flip side, Real Madrid have won eight of their last ten games across all competitions. Their most recent La Liga fixtures was three weeks ago and that’s because they had to play in the FIFA Club World Cup. Los Blancos managed to win that competition following two victories against Kashima and Al Ain. It was Soldado’s first trophy at the helm of Real Madrid and he will now be looking to close the gap at the top of the La Liga table.
Real Madrid looked much better than Villarreal over the past few months, so our betting tips and predictions anticipate Real Madrid to win at odds 1.85.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Real Madrid to win at odds 1.85[/bet_tip_now]
Villarreal have only lost once in their last seven competitive home games, but unfortunately, they have only won once in their last four league outings. Meanwhile, Real Madrid managed to win six of their last seven competitive trips. In addition, they are undefeated in their most recent two visits to Villarreal. Our preview expect Real Madrid to win at odds 1.85.
Villarreal to win at odds 3.80
Villarreal vs Real Madrid Draw at odds 3.80
Real Madrid to win at odds 1.85
Correct Score odds
Villarreal did well to score at least twice in each of their last four games across all competitions. In addition, they have kept two clean sheets in their most recent three home fixtures. On the flip side, Real Madrid have netted at least one goal in seven of their last eight competitive trips. Furthermore, Los Blancos have scored at least two goals in four of their last five visits to Villarreal. Our correct score prediction would back Real Madrid to win 2-1 at odds 8.50.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct score prediction:”]Real Madrid to win 2-1 at odds 8.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Each of Villarreal’s last five competitive games have seen more than two goals scored. Real Madrid, on the flip side, have netted seven goals in the FIFA Club World Cup recently, and prior to this, they have kept two clean sheets in a row in La Liga. Our total goals prediction fancies over 2.5 goals at odds 1.53.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goal odds and predictions:”]Over 2.5 goals at odds 1.53[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Gareth Bale has only scored four goals throughout this La Liga campaign, but he showed signs of life during the FIFA Club World Cup recently. The Welsh superstar has netted a hat-trick against Kashima and we fancy him to start this new year in a positive manner. Our first goalscorer prediction is Gareth Bale at odds 5.30.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Gareth Bale at odds 5.30[/bet_tip_now]
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