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Real Madrid vs Villarreal, La Liga 2018: Predicted lineups, team news

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Real Madrid are back in La Liga after the discouraging 2-2 draw against Celta, which now places Los Blancos no less than 16 points behind Barcelona in the table. Zidane’s men will host Villarreal in what should be a tough game considering that Madrid will be asked to earn a convincing home win in front of their fans.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo.

Villarreal predicted XI: Asenjo, Gaspar, Alvaro, Bonera, Costa, Castillejo, Rodri, Trigueros, Fornals, Unal, Bacca.

Zidane will need a good performance from his defenders as Carlos Bacca is a very dangerous attacker when given the chance to counterattack. Expect Villarreal to sit back and defend well in order to catch Madrid’s back line off guard. It will be interesting to see if Bale can score again after finding the back of the net twice in last weekend’s match against Celta.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

Date: 1/13/2018

Time: 16:15 CET, 10:15am EST, 07:15 am Pacific.

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

Available TV: BeIN Sports (USA), BeIN La Liga (Spain).

Available Streaming: BeIN Sports (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).