Preview - Villarreal vs Real Madrid 02 September 19

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Match Day 3
Villarreal vs. Real Madrid
Monday, September 2nd 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica

Last five matches form: L W D D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.29
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.37
Top Scorer (18/19): Karl Toko Ekambi (10)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W L L W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.66
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.21
Top Scorer (18/19): Karim Benzema (21)

One of the best is saved until last on Match Day 3 in La Liga as the weeks action draws to a close at the Estadio de la Cerámica. It's Villarreal vs Real Madrid in what may well be a cracker.

There were a few goals around in this fixture last season, with Real Madrid just edging matters - coming away from this one with a 2-2 draw and winning 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Bruno Soriano, Alberto Moreno and Ramiro Guerra are out injured for the home side. Real will be with Isco, James Rodriguez, Brahim Diaz and Marco Asensio. Eden Hazard is edging closer, but likewise may not be quite ready for this.

Villarreal are without a win in their opening two games, having played out a remarkable 4-4 draw here against Granada on the opening weekend and lost 2-1 at Levante on Match Day 2.

Real were fairly impressive in winning at Celta Vigo on Match Day 1, but will have been disappointed to have only drawn at home to Real Valladolid last week.

Real may not have won last week, but we weren't too disappointed with their overall level of performance, and in most weeks,  they would have won the game considering the number of chances they created. They have certainly impressed more that Villarreal thus far anyway and can pick up the win in this one.

Prediction: Villarreal 2 - 4 Real Madrid


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Shots:  10 - 17
Shots on target: 5 - 5
Corner Kicks: 1 - 8
Possession: 44% - 56%

Xavier Quintilla was the only Villarreal player to have his name taken by referee Jesus Gil Manzano. Ferland Mendy and Casemiro were booked for Real Madrid, whilst Gareth Bale received two yellow cards to go with his two goals - receiving his marching orders in the third minute of stoppage time.

A fairly evenly contested encounter overall. Real were probably marginally the better side, but they did have to come from behind twice, and can't really have too many complaints about only coming away with a point in the end.

Villarreal struck first in the twelfth minute. Real coughing up possession inside their own half and the home side pouncing. Karl Toko Ekambi played in in the left of the area and seeing his effort saved by Thibaut Courtois. The keeper could only parry though, and there was Gerard Moreno to fire in the rebound from eight yards out to the left.

The home side didn't quite manage to hang on to their lead until the break, with Real equalising in the first minute of stoppage time. Lovely passing mover carving Villarreal open and ending with Dani Carvajal played in in the right of the area. The full-backs low ball taking the keeper out of it and leaving Gareth Bale with the simple task of finishing into the empty net from six yards or so. 1-1 at half-time.

16 minutes from time the hosts had the lead again. A cross from the right cleared to the edge of the area, from where Moreno fired on goal. Parry again from Courtois, out to the left of the area this time. Javier Ontiveros firing the ball straight back across and presenting Moi Gomez with a tap in from a couple of yards.

The equaliser arrived through Bale four minutes from time. Played in in the right of the area, the Welshman cut inside onto his left and drilled a low effort in at the near post from ten yards.

2-2 final score.

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