Unbeaten in my last two, I am hoping to make it a hat-trick of Asian Handicap Betting wins this week as I will hopefully bring some profit home from Real Madrid v. Villarreal in La Liga on Wednesday night.
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Neither Gareth Bale nor Cristiano Ronaldo featured at the weekend in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win away to Espanyol, which is a massive confidence boost for the rest of the squad. It shows there is more to this team than just those two.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also holds an unbeaten record in all competitions since April, and will aim to break a La Liga record for 17 consecutive wins with a victory here. But, for once, they didn’t overspend in the transfer market on ludicrous signings. Apart from £25 million for striker Alvaro Morata, but that’s pennies in today’s market.
It is a talented squad, no doubt about it, but a face to always look out for is Ronaldo. The guy had an unstoppable year last season, and capped it off with a Euro 2016 win. Now back, he has bagged two in two matches and I would say he is on point to make it another season to remember for Madrid fans. Especially at a time where they look favourites for the Spanish title.
What is more amazing is that Madrid seem to have more trust within the squad. In Zidane they believe they can take on the world. For once a story streaming around the club has not been one of a possible sacking. Looks like they may have finally found their feet.
Yet, the chances of Real Madrid completing the quadruple this season is a long way off. We are still very early into the new campaign and it’s an uphill struggle, especially in an attempt to retain that Champions league title. But winning the Supercopa de Espana against Sevilla is a step in the right direction, and they will need all their players pulling their weight to achieve this. This includes the Colombian James Rodriguez.
It may seem like an easy task, but Madrid are coming up against a side who are also having a solid start to their campaign. You are looking at a side sitting sixth in the table having yet lost this season.
Under new manager Fran Escriba, it seems like quite a challenge to beat the expectations of last season. Finishing fourth in the league and making the semi-finals of the Europa League, you would obviously think they would want to go one better.
Problems, however, lie within the squad. Both key strikers from last season, Roberto Soldado and Cedric Bakambu, sit out injured, leaving Escriba to stick to a flat 4-4-2 formation. Whether he plays this system at the Bernabeu is another story. When they did last season, Madrid set up with a 4-3-3 and won 3-0. Bale wasn’t even playing and Ronaldo didn’t score. Furthermore, from that match, only four players remain and played at the weekend against Real Sociedad.
You know what else? Villarreal have never won at the Bernabeu. I mean, we are dating back to 1998. Furthermore in that time they have only managed four draws, most recently in 2015.
This has a Real Madrid win written all over it for me. Not sure the flat 4-4-2 will really stop the three in midfield, as well as BBC (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) in attack. Only question is can Madrid hold on to a clean-sheet? I think not. That’s why I am backing overs for this one.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals @ 1.93 with Pinnacle
Prices correct at time of writing.