The first time these two sides met brought us a heart-stopping yet entertaining 2-2 draw inside Villarreal’s El Madrigal stadium. The home side managed to threaten Real Madrid on several occasions but former keeper Diego Lopez kept them down to two for Real. This was also the game where Gareth Bale scored on his debut.
Yes, we can all bet on the fact that this will be an entertaining rematch from the Spanish capital.
The only sour news of this match is that Cristiano Ronaldo will be serving his first of a three-match ban due to his actions at Athletic Bilbao last weekend, causing him to be automatically ejected with a red card. They will have to find a different comfort zone for this match as they will need to play harder, faster and more technically against a virtually fearless Villarreal side.
The visitors managed to outplay them in the first match way back in September of last year. In fact, they almost looked happy enough to leave that stadium with a draw. They were surprised by the amount of talent and confidence that the Submarines threw their way. This time, however, could be extremely different as this will be at home which is exactly where they simply crushed Atletico Madrid by a score of 3-0 in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey semifinals.
Giovanni Dos Santos is the fastest yet most influential striker/winger that Villarreal has. In fact, in the first leg, his play influenced the rest of his teammates to step up and take the game to Los Galacticos. If he plays well, the team is expected to play with the same dedication and level of success.
Prediction: Real Madrid 3, Villarreal 1.
The visitors will play well, but they will get hit on the counter twice when not being careful with the other goal being a work of art.