Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze and his Villarreal teammates may effectively kill the title ambition of Lionel Messi and Co. with a win and crown Real Madrid La Liga champions for the 2019/2020 season.
With five matches to the end of the season, the Los Blancos lead with four points and a win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday will give them a 7-point lead especially if the Yellow Submarines beat Barcelona.
Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid will hope to open up a seven points gap ontop of the table in Sundays early kickoff away to Bilbao before Barcelona play later in the evening.
Zinedine Zidane is desperate to dethrone Barcelona this season and rested Eden Hazard for the game against Getafe and the Belgian will be expected to give the Los Blancos fresh energy in Sunday’s clash.
Out of favour, Gareth Bale may play so part in tomorrow’s encounter but Bilbao are a tricky opponent especially with the likes of Iker Muniain and Inaki Williams in good form at the moment.
Both teams have played 30 matches with Real Madrid winning 23, Athletic 2 and they’ve both played 5 draws.
Villarreal vs Barcelona
Barcelona have struggled for form lately, relying on Lionel Messi’s magic to play them out each time. This was evident in recent draws against Celta Vigo and Atletico Madrid – both games ended 2-2 and those results are responsible for Barcelona falling four points behind Real Madrid on La Liga log.
Barcelona was going through some internal crisis with unrest in the dressing room, lack of faith in the manager, the sale of Arthur to Juventus and speculations that Messi is planning to leave the club. It’s a little too much for the Catalan club to focus on the title especially with Gerard Pique openly criticizing the club board for their handling of the team affairs.
In the last 30 matches between Villarreal and Barcelona. The Catalan club has won 20, drawn seven and lost three times against the Yellow Submarines. It will be a fascinating encounter.
Osasuna vs Getafe
Getafe are currently having a brilliant season and are only two points behind fifth placed Villarreal with 52points as they fight for a Champions League spot – fourth placed Sevilla with 57 points are within their sight and they will to over take them before the end of the season.
Oghenekaro Etebo was rested for the last game and will hope to get a starting shirt against Osasuna and add to his one goal tally this season.
Both sides have played 23 head to head games and Getafe has won 9, drawn 8 and lost 6 against Osasuna. A win will help Getafe’s quest for Champions League qualification while Osasuna are chasing a spot in the Europa League.