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Valencia vs Villarreal Prediction & Betting tips
Valencia – Villarreal, in the shadow of the Clasicos rises on the day before Christmas Eve another, always explosive Derby. Valencia CF wants to confirm its strong season despite the recent slipping from second to third place and keep the Champions League going. Meanwhile, Villarreal hopes to reduce the distance from seven points from current sixth to fourth.
After 40 matches so far, the balance between the two clubs is almost balanced. Valencia’s 16 successes result in 15 victories over Villarreal. In Valencia, eleven home wins in four draws and only five wins by Villarreal clearly speak for the hosts.
Expectations for Valencia CF were not too great after a disappointing preseason, but with five points from their first three games including draws at Real Madrid (2-2) and Atletico Madrid (0-0), Marcelino’s team has one made a good start and then followed a rather meager 1: 1 in UD Levante equal to nine competitive matches in series. Eight of these successes reached the league, which put Valencia at the top, before it was in the top match against FC Barcelona also a respectable 1-1. After that succeeded with a 4: 1 against Real Zaragoza (first leg 2-0 away win) the move into the second round of the Copa del Rey, but then put it at Getafe (0: 1) a rather surprising first defeat of the season. With a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo, Valencia made a strong deceleration, but only to lose again in the last weekend of the SD Eibar (1-2).
In addition to Javier Jiménez, who has been absent for some time, Carlos Soler, Jeison Murillo and Jose Luis Gaya have lost three of their top performers, who will miss Villarreal. After all, Goncalo Guedes are back after an injury-related forced break and Simone Zaza after a yellow card suspension.
Estimated lineup: Neto – Montoya, Gabriel Paulista, Ruben Vezo, Toni Lato – Pereira, Parejo, Kondogbia, Gocalo Guedes – Rodrigo, Zaza
Villarreal have made it to eleven points from six games to make it into the second round of the Europa League, with the final 1-0 home defeat against Maccabi Tel Aviv already rather meaningless. In the Copa del Rey succeeded after a 0-1 first leg defeat at the SD Ponferradina with a 3-0 in the second leg of the leap into the second round. In the league, the yellow submarine remained with two defeats in the first two matchdays in the starting blocks, but then found with six wins, three draws and only one defeat from the following ten encounters reasonably in the lane. After that, however, the team of coach Javier Calleja lost to Sevilla (2: 3), CD Leganes (1: 3) and FC Barcelona (0: 2) three times in a row. This negative run was stopped last weekend with a 1-0 victory at Celta Vigo.
Nicola Sansone, Ruben Semedo, Daniele Bonera, Andres Fernandez and Leonardo Suarez are expected to drop further. It’s likely that the successful Elf will start again in Vigo.
Estimated lineup: Sergio Asenjo – Mario Gaspar, Alvaro Gonzalez, Victor Ruiz, Jaume
Valencia vs Villarreal head to head matches
21.05.17 LL Valencia Villarreal 1 : 3
21.01.17 LL Villarreal Valencia 0 : 2
01.05.16 LL Valencia Villarreal 0 : 2
31.12.15 LL Villarreal Valencia 1 : 0
05.04.15 LL Valencia Villarreal 0 : 0