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Real Madrid complete their La Liga campaign on Sunday 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, while fifth-placed Villarreal have already qualified for the Europa League.
Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by team news and a preview.
Date: Sunday, May 19
Time: 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET
TV Info: beIN Sports HD3 (U.S.)
Villarreal are still without long-term injury victim Bruno Soriano but otherwise have a full squad available, per Transfermarkt.com.
Real Madrid’s injury problems are easing as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal have returned to training, the club confirmed via Twitter.
Zidane has a full squad available but may be cautious with his lineup as the Champions League final is just over a week away on Saturday, May 26.
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 last four games, including two last time out against Celta Vigo.
The Welshman has 18 in all competitions for Real Madrid which is a great return considering he has once again seen his season interrupted by injury.
La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney showed how he compares to team-mates Isco and Marco Asensio:
Andrew Gaffney @GaffneyVLC
Gareth Bale has 15 league goals for Real Madrid this season. Isco, Benzema and Asensio have scored 18 combined. ‘Having a bad season.’ #LaLiga #RMFC
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:
Goal UK @GoalUK
Does Gareth Bale deserve to start in the Champions League final? https://t.co/Mq8TGcfLfk
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
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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.
Yet they will certainly 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 in La Liga and so have little to fear.
Pablo Fornals was the match-winner in that game and has enjoyed a productive season, per La Liga:
🎩🎁 @pablofornals is now on par with Messi as the top assist provider of #LaLigaSantander! https://t.co/Y0wKwg6NKc
Striker Carlos Bacca is also in good form and has been nominated for the league’s player of the month award:
🏆 The nominees for the April Player of the Month in #LaLigaSantander: 🔥 Carlos Bacca 🚀 Jose Luis Morales 🌟 Leo Messi Who do you think should win? 🤔 https://t.co/1oDegc3sOk
Villarreal have home advantage and the firepower to cause Real Madrid problems. They could take advantage of a visiting side who have often been below-par in the league this season and may have their minds on lifting a third consecutive European Cup.