Date/Time: Thursday 3rd January 2018 (Kick-off 8:30 PM)
On Thursday night, Real Madrid travel to struggling Villarreal in La Liga, in a game that could affect both ends of the table.
Villarreal have endured a woeful start to their La Liga campaign. The Yellow Submarine are currently 18th place in the Spanish top-flight table. Real Madrid will head into this game as World Cup champions following wins over Kashima Antlers and Al Ain in Abu Dhabi.
Villarreal have won just once in ten outings in the Spanish top-flight. In their last La Liga match, the home side drew 2-2 against bottom of the table Huesca.
The Yellow Submarine have also endured mixed fortunes on home soil of late, winning just one of their last nine league games at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Top Football BookmakersReal Madrid are currently fourth place in La Liga, eight points behind league leaders Barcelona in the race for the Spanish title. Los Blancos had been in good form prior to their participation in the FIFA World Club Cup, winning five of their last six league matches.
However, the visitor’s recent away record in La Liga is poor, as they have lost four of their last six matches on their travels, although they have won two of their last three away games.
Away win and/or over 2.5 goals