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Villarreal v Real Madrid - Preview and possible lineups

Pin Villarreal grabbed a late winner when these two met at the Bernabeu in January. EFE
Villarreal grabbed a late winner when these two met at the Bernabeu in January. EFE

Villarreal v Real Madrid - Preview and possible lineups

On the final day of the season, Real Madrid will travel to Villarreal in search of one final boost before the Champions League final. We take a look ahead to the La Liga fixture.

Villarreal:

The hosts have already cemented a Europa League finish but that doesn't mean they'll roll over against the 12-time champions of Europe. In their final game of the season, Villarreal will be keen to give their fans a giant-killing send-off.

The 'Yellow Submarine' have left out a number of names for this clash, notably top scorer Carlos Bacca alongside regular starters Sergio Asenjo and Manu Trigueros

Real Madrid:

After a thumping, Ronaldo-less 6-0 win against Celta Vigo, 'Los Blancos' will be eager to continue their winning ways and pip city rivals Atlético to La Liga's runners-up spot. With their season-defining Champions League final against Liverpool in a week's time, don't be surprised to see Zidane rest some of his stars. 

The Real manager has a full squad to chose from for this tie. Cristiano Ronaldo is back in training after spraining his ankle in 'El Clásico' but is unlikely to start.

Villarreal boss Javier Calleja:

"It's been a good season and we want to put the icing on the cake against Madrid in the last match."

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane:

"I don't think about injuries. It's good to play [on Saturday] to find rhythm and intensity. We have to play well and be ready for the final. Nothing can replace the intensity of a match."

Did you know?

Cristiano Ronaldo averages a goal a game at Villarreal's Estadio de la Cerámica. With seven goals in seven games, the home fans will be crossing their fingers that the striker doesn't feature in the clash.

Possible lineups

Villarreal: Fernandez; Gaspar, Alvaro, Ruiz, Marin; Rodri, Fuego; Fornals, Sansone, Castillejo; Unal.

Real Madrid: Casilla; Nacho, Vallejo, Varane, Achraf; Asensio, Kroos, Kovacic, Vázquez; Mayoral, Bale. 

Thomas Davidson

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