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Real Madrid vs Villarreal: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Real Madrid will become La Liga champions with a victory on Thursday night
Real Madrid will become La Liga champions with a victory on Thursday night / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid will hope to continue their fine start to La Liga when they host Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.

Los Blancos have begun the second Carlo Ancelotti era in fine form, winning five and drawing one of their first six league games, scoring 21 goals in the process.

Villarreal are also unbeaten, though four of their results have been draws. Unai Emery's side have also conceded just three goals this season, meaning Real could be in for a tough task.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the game...

How to watch Real Madrid vs Villarreal on TV/live stream

Cazorla has netted three goals in his last two games
Cazorla has netted three goals in his last two games / Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Images

When is it being played? Saturday 25 September, 20:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? Santiago Bernabeu
TV channel? La Liga TV (UK), ESPN+ (US)
Highlights? La Liga YouTube Channel
Referee? Jesus Gil

Real Madrid team news

Dani Carvajal
Dani Carvajal remains out / Aitor Alcalde Colomer/Getty Images

Real got through their game against Mallorca without picking up any further injuries but Carlo Ancelotti still has a lengthy list of concerns to deal with.

Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Gareth Bale and Dani Ceballos will not be present, with full-back remaining a particular area of concern.

Villarreal team news

Gerard Moreno
Gerard Moreno is injured / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Unfortunately for Villarreal, offensive talisman Gerard Moreno is not expected to be back for this one, after he missed his side's 4-1 triumph over Elche last time out.

Dani Raba and Samuel Chukwueze also missed that one and it does not look hopeful that they will be involved at the Bernabeu either.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal predicted lineups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Alaba, Gutierrez; Modric, Casemiro, Valverde; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Villarreal: Asenjo; Gaspar, Mandi, Torres, Estupinan; Parejo, Capoue, Trigueros; Groeneveld, Alcacer, Pino.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal head-to-head record

Zinédine Zidane
Real clinched the La Liga title by defeating Villarreal back in 2020 / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

The historical form book does not make great reading for Villarreal with the Yellow Submarines only beating Real four times in their history.

Los Blancos have won 26 of the 44 previous meetings with 14 ending all square.

Over the past two seasons, Real have stamped their authority on the fixture, winning both home meetings and snatching a point twice at Villarreal.

Real Madrid vs Villarreal score prediction

Villarreal represents Real's toughest test of the season so far, so do not expect to see a repeat of their 6-1 demolition of Mallorca on Wednesday.

With Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior in world-beating form, though, Ancelotti's charges should still manage to get the job done.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal