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3 Points away from the Title: Real Madrid confirmed squad Vs Villarreal; Team news and predicted XI

Odunayo4Ruth
By Odunayo4Ruth | self meida writer
Published 8 months ago - 19838 views

One more win, one more three points, one more victory, these are the words Zinadine Zidane would be telling his players as they go close to clinching La Liga from Barcelona.Real Madrid are three points away from winning their first La Liga title since 2017. Real Madrid welcomes the Yellow Submarines to the Estadio Alfredo Stefano on Thursday evening in which a victory would crown Los Blancos La Liga Champions for 2019/2020 season. Ferland Mendy and Kareem Benzema strike in the first half helped Real Madrid scale through mid-table team Granada who almost staged a comeback in the second half. Real Madrid were defensively solid as they ensured the game finished 2-1 in their favor. Zinadine Zidane’s men are undoubtedly the best team in La liga, since the League restarted sometime last month, Real Madrid are yet to lose a game. 

Fifth place Villareal suffered a shocking defeat at home to Real Sociedad on Monday.Santi Carzola’s 84th minute goal was only a consolation as Willian Jose and Diego Llorente had already put the visitors two goals ahead earlier in the second half. Villareal lost the game 1-2.

Team News

Real Madrid would be without the presence of Marcelo and Nacho. Both defenders are still out with injuries.

Summer signing Luka Jovic is self-isolating after he came in contact with a friend who tested positive to Coronavirus.

James Rodriguez continues to be frozen out of the squad, rumours coming out of Spain indicates the Colombian and Zidane are at logger head. Eden Hazard is back with the team after being left out of Monday’s game. 

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:

Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio

Villareal would be without the services of Ramiro Funes Mori and Carlos Bacca, both players are out with injury. Mariano Barbosa won’t feature in Thursday’s game as he is suspended for the match.

Gerrard Moreno and Vicente Iborra are back with the team after both players served a one match ban.

Former Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer is also available for selection after recovering from injury. 

Villarreal possible starting lineup:

Asenjo; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Moreno; Chukwueze, Iborra, Anguissa, Cazorla; Moreno, Alcacer

Form Guide. 

Real Madrid are the most inform team in La Liga since the league restarted last month. The Los Blancos are yet to drop a point in nine games.At the restart of the League in June, Real Madrid were second, two points behind Barcelona. Fast-forward to two games left, Los Blancos are no table toppers, four points ahead of defending Champions Barcelona. 

Real Madrid La Liga form: WWWWWW

The Yellow submarines picked up form immediately La Liga restarted last month.

The loss on Monday to Real Sociedad confirmed Villareal won’t play in the Champions League next season as they dropped nine points behind fourth placed Sevilla with just two games to go. For Javi Calleja's side the target now is to finish the season in fifth and better their last season’s record. Villareal finished fourteenth last season.

Villareal have lost two of their last five games, winning the other three. Barcelona and Real Socieddad were the team they lost to. 

Villarreal La Liga form: DWWLWL

Prediction

With the trophy in sight, Real Madrid know a victory at home would give them a thirty fourth La Liga title and halt Barcelona La Liga dominance.

Villareal would certainly make the job difficult for Real Madrid, the Yellow Submarines boast of some fine players in attack but with La Liga title at stake Real Madrid could get the crucial victory. Real Madrid 2 – 0 Villareal

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