Real Madrid – Villarreal | 16/07/2020

Real Madrid are one game away from being crowned as La Liga champions for the 34th time after they have consistently impressed since returning from suspension with nine wins out of nine games to put them four points ahead of Barcelona with only two matches left. The title is theirs to lose and if they can guarantee at least three points, then the title is theirs regardless of how their rivals do in the upcoming games.

While a win on Thursday will guarantee the title, Real Madrid could still be crowned champions with a draw against Villarreal should Barcelona drop points at home to Osasuna – with the matches taking place at the same time.

Because of that, Zinedine Zidane will have to think long and hard about how to approach the game against Villarreal, a team who have been impressive this season and already caused some damage to Los Merengues with a 2-2 draw early during the season. Even though they’ll have another chance against Leganes, I’m sure that the manager, the team and the fans will not want to delay this any longer.

Real Madrid are currently on a nine-game winning streak, keeping six clean sheets during this run. All of their ‘goals against’ in that run to date have been conceded in the second half of play, while just three of Real’s last 13 La Liga (LL) matches have produced over 1.5 first-half goals.

Scoring an average of 2.11 goals per game compared to an average of 0.55 goals conceded is a big reason why Real Madrid are unbeaten in LL home matches this season (W14, D4). That is despite less than half (44.44%) of those matches featuring under 2.5 goals.

The ‘Yellow Submarine’ are enjoying a four-game LL away game winning streak, including three without conceding and twice when outsiders. However, seven of their eight away league losses have come after being pre-match underdogs, but five of their nine LL away wins have also come in this manner.

Date: 16/07/2020
Time: 22:00
Venue: Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium (Madrid)
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