Real Madrid will end their 2017-18 La Liga campaign with a trip to Villarreal on Saturday.
The result means little to either side, with Real’s eye firmly on the Champions League final on May 26 and Villarreal having already secured a place in next season’s Europa League.
Both sides will fight to round the domestic campaign off with a victory, though, with there still being hope that Zinedine Zidane’s side can snatch second place from Madrid rivals Atletico.
|Game||Villarreal vs Real Madrid|
|Date||Saturday, May 19|
|Time||7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET|
|Stream (US only)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|UK TV channel||Online stream|
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Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||Asenjo, Fernandez, Barbosa|
|Defenders||Gaspar, A. Gonzalez, Semedo, Marin, Ruiz, Costa, Rukavina, Bonera, Torres, Castano|
|Midfielders||Cheryshev, Fornals, Castillejo, Al Dawsari, Trigueros, Hernandez, Rodri, Fuego, Soriano, Bruno, Guerra, M. Gonzalez, Garcia, Chuca, Suarez|
|Forwards||Bacca, Unal, Sansone, Martinez, Raba, Poveda|
Villarreal’s top scorer, Carlos Bacca, will continue to the lead the line against Real, while Denis Cheryshev may come into the team against his former club.
The winger has been used primarily as a substitute this season but did score in the club’s 4-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna last time out, having replaced Samu Castillejo.
Potential Villarreal starting XI: Asenjo; Gaspar, A. Gonzalez, Ruiz, Costa; Rodri, Trigueros, Castillejo, Fornals, Cheryshev; Bacca
|Position||Real Madrid players|
|Goalkeepers||Navas, Casilla, Luca|
|Defenders||Ramos, Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf|
|Midfielders||Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Llorente, Isco, Asensio, Kovacic, Ceballos|
|Forwards||Bale, Benzema, Mayoral, Vazquez, Ronaldo|
Zinedine Zidane is expected to heavily alter his starting XI ahead of the Champions League final with Liverpool on May 26.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have both returned to full training, though are unlikely to feature ahead of the European showdown in Kiev.
Potential Real Madrid starting XI: Casilla; Achraf, Vallejo, Nacho, Theo; Vazquez, Kovacic, Llorente, Asensio; Mayoral, Bale
Betting & Match Odds
Madrid are favourites to triumph on Saturday, with dabblebet backing last year’s Liga winners at 13/10 . Villarreal are backed at 17/10, while the draw is 11/4.
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Real Madrid can be forgiven for focusing their attention on the Champions League final.
Zidane and his side’s success will be determined by the outcome of the Kiev showdown with Liverpool after Barcelona claimed the Liga title with relative ease this term.
Real are likely to end the season locked in third position, though if they pick up a victory here on Saturday and Atletico Madrid lose at home to Eibar on Sunday, then Los Blancos would usurp their rivals to finish as runners-up as a result of their superior goal difference.
Last season’s champions have only won two of their last six league meetings against Villarreal, however, while the Estadio de la Ceramica side have won four of their last five at on home soil.
In fact, only title-winners Barcelona have beaten Javier Calleja’s men since the early stages of April.
Gareth Bale, linked with a summer exit from the Spanish giants in the summer, has now scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time since April 2016 and will continue in the Real attack this weekend.
Whether or not he is included in the XI to face Liverpool the following week may depend on his performance against the Yellow Submarine.