Villarreal vs. Real Madrid: Team News, Preview, Live Stream, TV Info

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMay 18, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 12:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Celta de Vigo at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 12, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid complete their La Liga campaign on Saturday with a trip to the Estadio de la Ceramica to take on Villarreal.

Zinedine Zidane's side will want to avoid any injuries ahead of their UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26, while fifth-place Villarreal have already qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

             

Date: Saturday, May 19

Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Live Stream: beIN Sports CONNECT (U.S.), fuboTV (U.S.)

TV Info: beIN Sports HD3 (U.S.)

           

Team News

Villarreal are still without long-term injury victim Bruno Soriano but otherwise have a full squad available, per Transfermarkt.

Real Madrid's injury problems are easing, as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have returned to training, the club revealed via Twitter.

Zidane has a full squad available but may be cautious with his lineup with the Champions League final on the horizon.

                

Gareth Bale Playing for a Final Place

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Gareth Bale has had a difficult season but heads towards the end of the campaign with four goals in his past four games, including two last time out against Celta Vigo.

The Wales international has 18 in all competitions for Real Madrid this term, which is a great return considering he has once again seen his season interrupted by injury.

La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney showed how his record compares to those of team-mates Isco and Marco Asensio:

Despite his fine form, he still faces a battle to make Zidane's starting lineup against Liverpool. The Real Madrid boss has given little away about his team:

Zidane has some tough decisions to make for the final, but another strong performance from Bale against Villarreal could seal his place in the team against Liverpool.

                

Villarreal Will Fancy Their Chances Against Real Madrid

Villarreal's Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on January 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS
GABRIEL BOUYS/Getty Images

Villarreal head into the game on the back of a 4-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna and know the lowest they can finish is sixth.

They will fancy their chances against Real Madrid, having already beaten Atletico Madrid and Valencia at home in La Liga in 2018.

Villarreal also won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu the last time these two sides met, so they have little to fear.

Pablo Fornals was the match-winner in that game and has enjoyed a productive season, as La Liga demonstrated:

Striker Carlos Bacca is also in good form and has been nominated for the league's player of the month award:

Villarreal have home advantage and the firepower to cause Real Madrid problems. They could take advantage of a side that has often been subpar in the league this season and may have one eye on lifting a third consecutive European Cup.

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