Real Madrid visit Villarreal in the third game of the 2019-2020 Liga season. Los Blancos can take advantage of Barcelona’s away draw against Osasuna but Villarreal will surely be a tough team to beat, even more so considering how many injured players are on Madrid’s roster right now.
Los Blancos have not published their squad list yet and will do so in the morning, but Zidane’s lineup might be easy to predict given that this is the last game before the upcoming FIFA break.
Real Madrid predicted lineup: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Vinicius, Benzema.
Villarreal predicted XI: Fernández, Peña, Albiol, Torres, Quintilla, Anguissa, Cazorla, Chukwueze, Iborra, Gómez, Moreno.
Madrid will need to be very careful with Gomez and Gerard Moreno, as they play with pace and can hurt Zidane’s defensive system. Chukwueze is also extremely physical and Marcelo could struggle defensively against him, so Ramos and Casemiro will need to pay close attention to the left wing in this game.
Real Madrid return to action for their third match of the LaLiga season. They travel Sunday to Villarreal for their second road match in this early season at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Real have had an awful time with injuries so far. This past week, Los Blancos added both James and Isco to the growing injury list. It has been absolutely devastating to see all these injuries racking up for the club so early into the season.
As for the individual club performances so far, Real of course drew to Valladolid last weekend after conceding a late goal to Sergi Guardiola late in the match. Villarreal have yet to win a match so far, drawing to Granada in their home opener and then losing to Levante last weekend on the road.
Villarreal lost some significant players over the summer window, including Pablo Fornals and former Real player Denis Cheryshev. Real will also likely encounter former defender Raul Albiol after he joined El Submarino Amarillo from Napoli this summer.
With Real adding more players to the injury list, it’s even more crucial that Real put in a full performance to ensure three points after unnecessarily dropping two points to Valladolid. Barcelona once again dropped points when they drew to Osasuna on Saturday, once again Real must capitalize on this situation if they want to get ahead early in the LaLiga title race.