It has been a season to forget for Real Madrid fans and after being knocked out of the Champions League by Ajax – a competition that have dominated in recent years – they also found themselves well out of the race for the prizes in La Liga. Here are our top Real Madrid v Villarrreal betting tips.
An In-Depth Look at the Game
The hosts will finish third in line behind runaway champions Barcelona and a determined Atletico Madrid side who have refused to buckle under pressure. The focus is now on next season for Blancos and their saving grace was the board’s move to convince Zinedine Zidane to come back and take the wheel.
Will he be able to steer the club back to glory? It was always going to be a big ask this season and he hasn’t done an awful lot wrong side coming back and taking over a squad painfully low on confidence. Next season will be better, of that we have no doubts, but they still have games to play in this campaign and their fans won’t allow them to simply switch off. The players are fighting for their futures at the club. The home win is 4/6 at Unibet and that’s much better than we expected.
Villarreal have performed well below the standards expected of them this season and have spent much of the campaign kicking their heels down at the bottom end of the charts, having to work extremely hard to haul themselves free of the relegation zone. They did enjoy success in the Europa League without getting out of first gear but have been dire for the most part of the La Liga campaign and we expect sweeping changes during the summer as the board demand value for money. They can’t face another campaign down in the lower reaches.
Three wins and a draw in their last four ensured the visitors will be playing top-flight football next season and the five-point cushion over Real Valladolid and the bottom-three should be more than enough as the sides below them are showing no signs of improving. The visitors would see the value in a second draw on the bounce and that can be backed at 3/1 with Ladbrokes, which makes more sense than risking the away day at 18/5 with the same firm. Both teams to score ranks as a lively alternative to picking sides and that’s worth a spot in your accumulators at William Hill’s 1/2 quote.