Villarreal vs Real Madrid live score, updates, highlights and lineups from La Liga

Villarreal vs Real Madrid live score, updates, highlights and lineups from La Liga

Defending champions Real Madrid can jump ahead of rivals FC Barcelona for first place in La Liga when they travel to face seventh-place Villarreal on Saturday.

Real are level on points at the summit with Barcelona, but the goal difference tiebreaker has them in second place heading into the weekend round of matches. Barca will be in action on Sunday against 2021 champions Atletico Madrid.

While Real Madrid have won both of their matches since the return from the 2022 World Cup break — two road clean sheets, including one in the Copa del Rey — Villarreal have won three in that same span, with an additional round in the Copa del Rey tournament.

After going winless in his first four matches after taking over Villarreal from former coach Unai Emery, who moved to Aston Villa, Quique Setien has seen his Yellow Submarine win their last five straight competitive games. It’s a confidence-building run for a coach who had been out of the game for over two years.

Madrid will be hoping to continue to build momentum of their own as they head into the Spanish Supercopa, which will be played in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It’ll be the second chance to hoist silverware in 2022/23 for Los Merengues, who already won the 2022 UEFA Super Cup in August.

Sporting News is following the Villarreal vs. Real Madrid match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

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Villarreal vs Real Madrid live score

 1H 2H Final
Villarreal
Real Madrid

Goals:
None

Lineups:

Villarreal lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Reina (GK) — 8-Foyth, 3-Albiol, 4-Pau, 18-A. Moreno — 16-Baena, 10-Parejo, 19-Coquelin — 11-Chukwueze, 7-G. Moreno, 21-Yeremy

Real Madrid (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Courtois (GK) — 3-Militao, 22-Rudiger, 4-Alaba, 23-Mendy — 10-Modric, 18-Tchouameni, 8-Kroos —15-Valverde, 9-Benzema, 20-Vinicius Jr

Villarreal vs Real Madrid live updates, highlights from La Liga

65 mins from kickoff: Villarreal’s lineup is out and there are no huge surprises except for the absence of Nicolas Jackson and Etienne Capoue due to what is being reported as muscle issues.

75 mins from kickoff: The arrival of both team buses at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

80 mins from kickoff: You’ll have noticed that Real Madrid are playing without a single Spanish player on the pitch to start the match. It’s becoming a talking point in the lead-up to kickoff.

100 mins from kickoff: It’s yellow everywhere at La Ceramica.

95 mins from kickoff: According to the math by Relevo reporter Jorge Picon, Real Madrid has the worst winning percentage away at Villarreal than at any other road venue in the last 20 years.

105 mins from kickoff: The Copa del Rey Round of 16 draw was held this morning and look at the matchup that popped up. It’s Villarreal vs. Real Madrid at La Ceramica once again.

115 mins from kickoff: Real Madrid announce their starting lineup well in advance of kickoff.

150 mins from kickoff: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti noted that he’s expecting an open match based on how Villarreal have been looking in recent weeks under new boss Quique Setien. 

180 mins from kickoff: Marca’s front cover highlights the fact that the last five Real Madrid trips to face Villarreal have ended in a draw (noted with an ‘X’ in Europe).

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Villarreal vs Real Madrid lineups

Alex Baena joins the midfield trio ahead of Etienne Capoue, who’s not even in the squad due to a muscle issue, which is also the case for Nicolas Jackson. So Arnaut Danjuma will be the alternative to now-healthy starting center-forward Gerard Moreno. Giovani Lo Celso is still injured, while goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli was transferred to Dutch club Ajax earlier this week.

Villarreal starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Pepe Reina (GK) — 8-Juan Foyth, 3-Raul Albiol, 4-Pau Torres, 18-Alberto Moreno — 16-Alex Baena, 10-Dani Parejo, 19-Francis Coquelin — 11-Samuel Chukwueze, 7-Gerard Moreno, 21-Yeremy Pino

Villarreal subs (10): 35-Filip Jorgensen (GK), 23-Aissa Mandi, 24-Alfonso Pedraza, 2-Kiko Femenia, 5-Jorge Cuenca, 12-Johan Mojica, 14-Manu Trigueros, 22-Jose Luis Morales, 20-Manu Morlanes, 9-Arnaut Danjuma

Real Madrid are without three injured players who are not yet fit: forward Mariano Diaz, and right-backs Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola. Instead of lining up Lucas Vazquez at right-back again after he went a full 90 minutes in the 1-0 midweek Copa del Rey victory, it will be either Eder Militao or Antonio Rudiger filling in. 

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): 1-Thibaut Courtois (GK) — 3-Eder Militao, 22-Antonio Rudiger, 4-David Alaba, 23-Ferland Mendy — 10-Luka Modric, 18-Aurelien Tchouameni, 8-Toni Kroos —15-Federico Valverde, 9-Karim Benzema, 20-Vinicius Jr

Real Madrid subs (10): 13-Andriy Lunin (GK), 26-Luis Lopez (GK), 17-Lucas Vazquez, 6-Nacho Fernandez, 5-Jesus Vallejo, 19-Dani Ceballos, 12-Eduardo Camavinga, 7-Eden Hazard, 11-Marco Asensio, 21-Rodrygo

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Watch Villarreal vs Real Madrid live stream, TV

Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica will be sold out for the La Liga showdown against defending Spanish and European champions Real Madrid.

The club made a victorious return to its stadium on Dec. 31 after playing home games in nearby Valencia for the first three months of the 2022/23 season while La Ceramica was being renovated.

 DateTimeTV ChannelStreaming
AustraliaSun, Jan. 802:15 AET —Optus Sport
CanadaSat, Jan. 710:15 ETTSN2TSN GO, TSN site/app
Hong KongSat, Jan. 723:15 HKTNow Sports 2Now Player, M Plus site/app
IndiaSat, Jan. 720:45 ISTSports18Voot Select, Sports18
MalaysiaSat, Jan. 723:15 MYTbeIN SportsbeIN Sports Connect, sooka
New ZealandSun, Jan. 804:15 NZSTbeIN Sports Connect
SingaporeSat, Jan. 723:15 SSTbeIN SportsbeIN Sports Connect,
Star Hub Sports+
UKSat, Jan. 715:15 BST —LaLigaTV, Viaplay UK
USASat, Jan. 710:15 ET ESPN DeportesfuboTVESPN+

UK: The match will be available on Viaplay (formerly Premier Sports) and on LaLigaTV.

USA: The Villarreal vs. Real Madrid match will be televised on ESPN Deportes which is streamed on fuboTV. It will also be streamed in English and Spanish on ESPN+.

Canada: TSN holds TV and streaming rights for La Liga in Canada. The Villarreal vs. Real Madrid match will be televised on TSN2 and streaming on TSN’s online platforms. 

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream all La Liga matches live and on demand on Optus Sport