Real Madrid - Villarreal

Real Madrid v Villarreal: LaLiga action returns to the Bernabéu

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NEWS | 13/01/2018 | Alberto Navarro

The Whites take on the Castellón oufit in what's their fourth outing in 10 days (4:15pm CET).
There's simply no let-up for Real Madrid in these opening days of 2018. After seeing off Numancia to progress to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, where they will come up against Leganés, the time has come for the Santiago Bernabéu to host its first LaLiga fixture of the new year (4:15pm CET).

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of this encounter against sixth-placed Villarreal, which is the madridistas' fourth outing in the last 10 days, Zinedine Zidane declared that "We're up against very good opposition that haven't lost many games, and our aim is to give our all to try and win it". 

Bale has struck three times in the two games
In his bid to secure victory, the French tactician has named a 19-man sqaud. One name that features is that of Gareth Bale, who is going through a real purple patch, having got his name on the scoresheet three times in his two appearances so far this year. The Welshman was on target in Soria before bagging a brace in Vigo.

Villarreal emerged victorious from their trips to Mestalla and Balaídos and claimed away points at the Wanda Metropolitano and San Mamés.

Villarreal, who are lying in sixth ahead of this round of fixtures, have already showcased what solid performers they are on the road. Indeed, the visitors have only tasted defeat once in their last six away games (three wins and two draws), a credible return given that they have faced trips to the Wanda Metropolitano (1-1), San Mamés (1-1), Mestalla (a 1-0 away win) and Balaídos (a 1-0 to the visitors) in this sequence.  

Head-to-head record
"We know that we'll make history if we win because never before have we won at the Bernabéu”, declared Manu Trigueros. The Villarreal midfielder is well aware that the sides' previous meetings don't offer much hope for the visitors: 12 defeats and five draws in the teams' 17 LaLiga meetings on Madrid's patch. Villarreal, who head to the Bernabéu after having crashed out of the Copa del Rey at the hands of Leganés last time out, finished top of their group in the Europa League and will square off with Olympique Lyon in the last 16.