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Real Madrid vs. Villarreal - 5/5/19 LaLiga Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Villarreal at Real Madrid
Date & Time Sunday May 5, 2019, 10:15 AM (EDT)
Santiago Bernabeu
Madrid, Spain
The Line
12 -400 / 1X -556 / X2 +130
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Real Madrid is welcoming Villareal in round 36 of Spanish LaLiga.

Real Madrid hasn’t had a good season and has changed 3 different coaches with the last one being Zinedine Zidane who is also their former and one of the most successful coaches in history. Real Madrid is holding the 3rd place in the standings and can’t move up or down so this game has no real meaning to Real. In their last game against Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid was just awful with 52% of ball possession, but only 3 shots on goal and 82% of correct passes and has lost this game 1-0. With the record of 20 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses and only 59 scored goals, this was one of the worst seasons for Real Madrid in the last 20 years. Karim Benzema is Real’s top goal scorer with 21 goals while Modric added 6 assists. Ramos, Odriozola, and Benzema are injured and will not play in this game which could be a big problem for coach Zidane. Real Madrid was struggling on both ends from the beginning of the season and the team chemistry from last 3 years is gone and for that reason, Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has announced that the team will undergo complete reconstruction at the end of the season.

Villareal is a solid team who was struggling for most of the season, but with 3 wins and 1 draw in last 4 LaLiga games, Villareal has climbed the standings to 14th place and has given themselves some breathing room. In their last game against Huesca, Villareal was a better team with 46% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal and 77% of correct passes, but Villareal’s defense stepped up and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Ekambi is Villareal’s top goal scorer with 9 goals while Cazorla who is their best player added 10 assists. Soriano, Miguelon, Ekambi, Bonera, and Caseres are all injured and will not play. Javier Calleja was signed as a Villareal’s head coach in January of this year with a task to get the team out of relegation zone and to get them back on winning track, in which he succeeded and as a reward, he will remain on the bench for next season as well. Villareal’s away record is 5 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses with 17 scored goals and 21 conceded goals which is pretty good considering how bad was Villareal playing on the defensive end.

Head to head, Villareal has won only 4 games against Real Madrid while Real Madrid hasn’t lost any of their last 4 home games. Both Real and Villareal have problems with injuries and Real Madrid has no need for a win here while Villareal needs a positive result to stay safe outside relegation zone, for that reason I’m going to pick something on Villareal.

X2 +130

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