Villarreal vs. Real Madrid: Where to Watch La Liga, TV Channel, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is unlikely to rush Eden Hazard back from injury when his side takes on Villarreal on Sunday.

The Belgian is yet to make his competitive debut for the 13-time European Cup winners after joining from Chelsea this summer, having suffered a thigh injury just days before the opening game of the season.

After two weeks on the sidelines, Hazard has targeted Real Madrid's game away at Villarreal as his return date—but Zidane is reportedly not inclined to gamble with the Belgian's fitness.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Real Madrid coach will bring Hazard back into the fold only once the player has recovered completely from his injury.

The former Chelsea talisman did not train with his teammates on Tuesday as he continued the rehabilitation program in the gym and might be made to wait to make his La Liga debut.

Hazard is the biggest signing of a summer spending spree that exceeded $340 million but is yet to yield any tangible reward. Luka Jovic arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt but has so far failed to impress, while Rodrygo is yet to make his competitive debut after suffering a hamstring injury.

Real Madrid's director Emilio Butragueno, however, poured cold water on speculations further signings will be made before Monday's transfer deadline.

"We don't want to talk about players that don't belong to us and we won't change that policy, we want to be respectful and we have an excellent squad, that's the truth," he told Spanish outlet Movistar.

On the field, Real has started its league campaign reasonably well, picking up four points in the first two games. The Merengues could have made it back-to-back wins last week but conceded a late equalizer at home against Valladolid.

Villarreal has picked up just a solitary point from its first two games but could prove a tricky opponent for Real, who has conceded twice in four of its last five meetings against Villarreal.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Sunday.

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(L-R) Vinicius Junior, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic celebrate the first goal of the game against Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu on August 24 in Madrid, Spain. David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty

When and where is the game?

Real Madrid takes on Villarreal at Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal on Sunday, September 1, with kick-off scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

Real Madrid has drawn 2-2 away at Villarreal in both the last two seasons.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via beIN Sports website, and beIN Sports' digital platforms, as well as via fuboTV.


After a difficult preseason, Real Madrid started the season on the front foot with a 3-1 win away against Celta Vigo, before stumbling to a draw against Valladolid last week.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring with eight minutes to go, before Real conceded an equalizer six minutes later. Villarreal, meanwhile, drew 4-4 at home against Granada in the opening weekend of the season after squandering a two-goal lead.

Last week, it lost 2-1 a week ago away at Levante after relinquishing a one-goal lead.

Team news

Aside from Hazard, Real will also be without Rodrygo, who should be available early next month after suffering a hamstring injury.

Brahim Diaz and Marco Asensio will also be out, with the former recovering from a hip injury while the latter will be sidelined for almost the entire season after rupturing his ACL against Arsenal in preseason.


According to Oddschecker, Real Madrid is an 87/100 favorite to win, while the draw is at 31/10 and Villarreal is a 14/5 shot.