Real Madrid hopsted Villarreal in the Spanish La Liga game on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 match which provided oppertunity for Los Blancos to go six points clear at top of the table for atleast a few hours. Though they started slow and found themselves behind when Soriano scored just before the break. However this Real Madrid side has some resilience about them and it was evident when they came on in second half and quickly took the lead through Sergio Ramos. Watch match highlights of the game right here on this page after the match.
Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2016-17 Season ]
45′ 0 – 1 Bruno Soriano gave Villarreal lead just before the break to make things interesting at Santiago Bernabue.
48′ 1 – 1 Sergio Ramos equalized just after the halftime break to bring Real Madrid back into the game.
Match Highlights (english)
The game will kickoff on Wednesday night at around 20:00 local / 19:00 uk time. SkySports 5 will have live coverage in the UK while beIN Sports will continue their La Liga coverage in US, Middle-east and canada. But if you missed the live action of Madrid-Villarreal you can always tune in here for extended highlights.
Match Preview & Team News: Its been sensation turnaround since Real Madrid sacked Rafael Benitez and appointed Zidane as new manager. In space of 6-7 months he guided Madrid to Champions League glory out of nowhere really and now they have made best start their La Liga campaign in years. On Wednesday night they have a chance to extended the lead at top of the table to 6 points atleast for few hours as Barcelona and Atletico player later in the night.
However Villarreal are no pushovers, they have been unbeaten so far in the season and this team looks very composed at the back and score goals on counter attacks. Real Madrid will welcome back both Ronaldo and Bale in starting lineup and we might also see James starting at attacking midfield role.
Zinedine Zidane has a full squad to choose from without any fresh injury concerns but manager will be looking to rotate the lineup with Champions League games in mind. Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema are sure to start in this important game while Casemiro might be given the midfield role alongside Kroos and Modric.
Villarreal on the other hand are likely to start with Soldado upfront while Bakambu Suarez and Trigueros to play in attacking roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Wednesday night.
Match Predictions: Madrid are playing with their tails up knowing that a real possibility of ending the season with atleast one major trophy is well within their reach. All main players are fit and playing well and I can’t Villarreal who has been decent this season at home but struggles away to make any trouble for free scoring Real Madrid. I am going with a 3-1 win for Real Madrid in this one.