La Liga 2017/17: Real Madrid Vs Villarreal - Preview, team news, predicted line-ups

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Madrid, Sep 21: La Liga giants and league toppers Real Madrid take on Villarreal in a crucial game week 5 encounter on Wednesday (September 21) night. [La Liga 2016-17: Schedule of Game week 5]

The Los Blanoc are in a great form as they have won all the four matches are at the top of the league. Last weekend their main star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were missing due to injuries but that did not stop Zidane's men to register a win against Espanyol.

Real Madrid players celebrate (Image courtesy: Real Madrid Twitter handle)

Real Madrid also achieved a new milestone last week after they won their 16th La Liga match on a trot equalling Pep Guardiola led Barcelona's record.

Villarreal too have had a decent start to the season this time. They have bagged two wins so far and drew two games. The Yellow Submarines are at the sixth position in the league table currently.


Kick-off: 11:30 PM (IST)

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid


Team News

Real Madrid will welcome back two of their most important players, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale this midweek against Villarreal.

Both the superstars were ruled out of competition last week due to injuries, but their return to the squad now will definitely strengthen Zidane's squad.

James Rodriguez who got his much awaited start last week scored a goal in his debut game of the season. But as it seems, with Ronaldo and Bale's return the Colombian is likely to be demoted to the bench again.

Keylor Navas will start in the goal. In front of him, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo will compose the backline.

Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric will be there in the midfield and the front three will be Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Alvaro Morata.

Villarreal are likely to retain the same starting XI from last week.


Predicted XIs

Real Madrid XI (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo

Midfielders: Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric

Strikers: Gareth Bale, Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid formation

Villarreal (4-4-2)

Goalkeeper: Asenjo

Defenders: Ruiz, Mario, Mussachio, Costa

Midfielders: Santos, Trigueros, Bruno, Cheryshev

Strikers: Sansone, Pato

Villarreal formation


Prediction

Real Madrid 4-1 Villarreal

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