Real Madrid Starting XI Prediction vs. Villarreal for LaLiga’s Matchday 24

Real Madrid, Fede Valverde (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Luka Jovic
Real Madrid, Luka Jovic (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

LW Vinicius Jr.

If Vinicius Jr. is available, he starts. It is that simple. Real Madrid know he is their most important player right now. Eden Hazard was very good off the bench against Granada last weekend, and he should get minutes in the second half if the game goes Real’s way.

Vini did not play against Granada after serving a suspension for a fifth yellow card. He will be hungry to score against the Yellow Submarine, and we know how much more responsibility he has to take on with Karim Benzema out. Vini has taken the task on and will surely do so once more this Saturday. He just needs help from the other forwards.

ST Luka Jovic

While I have seen rumblings that Isco could start as the false nine, Luka Jovic looks like the better option. Both players were decent against Granada, but Jovic can offer more scoring upside. And he was excellent against Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad earlier this season. Surely, Carlo has not forgotten this. If Jovic did not start the last two matches due to fitness concerns, then you would also think he would be ready to start now.

Jovic has to show more consistency for Real Madrid. The talent is there. Even if his future is likely outside of Madrid, it is still important for him and the club that he plays well.

RW Marco Asensio

Rodrygo Goes is more of an option against PSG than Villarreal, interestingly enough, because of his track record in the Champions League. While we will cross that bridge when we get there and predict the lineup for the PSG match, I expect Carlo Ancelotti to start Marco Asensio in both matches.

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Asensio won the match for Real last weekend with a sensational goal, and he has been significantly better this season than the last season, thanks to his scoring. Asensio has eight goals in all competitions, including a couple of worldies. He can score from nothing, which makes up for the fact that in some matches, he does…well…nothing. Madridistas can only hope Asensio continues his momentum and plays confidently at the Estadio de la Ceramica.