Real Madrid vs Villarreal LIVE Football Score 19/01/2023
Less than two weeks after their meeting in La Liga, Villarreal and Real Madrid will once again meet, but this time in Copa del Rey. Here’s our preview of the game, along with some reliable betting predictions. While Real Madrid suffered a tough blow in Spanish Super Cup a few days ago against Barcelona, the team is still having a good season since they are in play in all competitions.
However, their last match in La Liga was also a loss and it was against their upcoming opponent in Copa del Rey, Villarreal. With that in mind, we can see Real Madrid being extra motivated in this match and that’s why we can see them winning it as well. Three of the last five head-to-head duels between Villarreal and Real Madrid have gone under 2.5 total goals and two of their last there duels ended without any goals at all.
That being said, their last duel just ten days ago has gone over 2.5 total goals as Villarreal won 2-1. However, we don’t see that happening again and our prediction is under 2.5 total goals for this game. With three wins in their last four games in La Liga, including their win over Real Madrid, Villarreal has been in solid form lately and thanks to that, they have climbed the standings to reach the fifth place for now, while also being tied in points with Atletico Madrid who’s in fourth place, so they will have a chance to fight for a spot in the Champions League. They are clearly also in play in Copa del Rey.
Meanwhile, Juan Foyth and Kiko Femenia are questionable for this match after being subbed over the weekend, while Giovani Lo Celso, Alfonso Pedraza, and Nicolas Jackson are also likely to miss the game. Thanks to the loss against their next Copa del Rey opponent, Real Madrid has gone there points behind Barcelona in La Liga title race. On top of that, the team suffered a tough loss in Spanish Super Cup final just a few day ago and it was against Barca, making it that much worse. So, Real Madrid will be looking to their upcoming duel with Villarreal in the cup as a way to get back on the right track.
When it comes to team news, Lucas Vazquez is out a few more weeks with a sprained ankle, while Aurelien Tchouameni and David Alaba are also questionable with calf injures. Aiming to avoid a second dose of cup disappointment in a matter of days, Real Madrid take on Villarreal in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey at La Ceramica on Thursday evening.
Quique Setien’s side played out a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in their most recent outing, while Los Blancos fell to a 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the final of the Supercopa de Espana. Embarking on a spectacular seven-game winning run in competitive and non-competitive fixtures leading up to their trip to Celta Vigo, Villarreal could not extend their victorious streak to eight matches, despite Gerard Moreno breaking the deadlock with only 15 minutes gone.
Jorgen Strand Larsen came off the bench to level for Celta Vigo in the second half, but there has been much to like about Villarreal since Setien succeeded Unai Emery, and regaining their rightful place in the Champions League is no longer mission impossible.
Indeed, the Yellow Submarine are sitting pretty in fifth in the La Liga table – only behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid on goal difference – but at the same time only one goal separates Villarreal from fellow 28-pointers Real Betis in sixth spot.
The top-four race takes a backseat for the time being, as Villarreal – who have already beaten Santa Amalia, Guijuelo and FC Cartagena in this year’s Copa del Rey – endeavour to make the quarter-finals of the competition for the third time in four seasons.
The Yellow Submarine have not progressed further than the last eight since losing to Barcelona in the 2014-15 semi-finals – their best-ever finish in the competition – but a first-ever piece of domestic silverware is long overdue for the Ceramica outfit. Real Madrid make the journey to a team who have failed to keep a single clean sheet since the return of domestic football after the World Cup, but Carlo Ancelotti was left to rue defensive deficiencies as Barcelona clinched the Supercopa de Espana crown in Riyadh.
Gavi coolly slotted home the opening goal before turning provider for Robert Lewandowski and Pedri either side of the half time whistle, and Karim Benzema’s response with only seconds remaining served as little consolation for the capital giants.
Also playing catch-up to La Blaugrana in the race for La Liga title glory, second-placed Real Madrid have a three-point gap to make up to Barcelona and face a particularly challenging set of fixtures against Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Valencia in the coming weeks.
It took a second-half goal from Rodrygo for Real Madrid to edge past Cacereno 1-0 in the last round of the Copa del Rey, which they have not won since 2014, and Los Blancos have suffered four quarter-final exits since last lifting the domestic prize nine years ago.
However, not since their last stint as defending champions in 2014-15 have Real Madrid been dumped out in the last 16, although they were beaten 2-1 by Villarreal at La Ceramica on January 7, and jet lag will not be the visitors’ friend at the Yellow Submarine’s fortress.