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Villarreal vs Sporting Prediction & Betting tips
Villarreal is running dramatically in Spain, but in Europe it is going a lot better. On Thursday-evening, the Spaniards defend a 1-0 lead against Sporting.
Villarreal is normally a stable subtopper in Spain, but this season the Yellow Submarine fights against degradation. After 24 games, Villarreal only managed to play 23 points and is in eighth place. If the team of coach Javier Calleja still occupies this spot at the end of the season, the team will descend again to the Segunda Division for the first time since 1999.
The low number of points thanks the team to its status as king of the draws. No less than eleven of the 24 games played ended in a draw. Last weekend, Sevilla was convincingly beaten 3-0 (goals by Alvaro, Ekambi and Alfonso), but this was only the fourth victory of the season.
Villarreal is doing a lot better in Europe. The team finished as group winner in the group with Spartak Moscow, Rapid Wien and Glasgow Rangers. Also in the first game of the diptych against Sporting, the team came out well for the day. Despite the fact that some basic players such as Santi Cazorla, Sergio Asenjo and Karl Ekambi were given rest with a view to the competition, Villarreal won 0-1 in the Estádio José Alvalade. The only goal of the match was made by Alfonso Pedraza.
Sporting came under the direction of Marcel Keizer as a comet from the starting blocks, but that comet came to a standstill in December. In four weeks time, thirteen points were lost and the team was eliminated in the Portuguese cup. In the last home game there were even a few white handkerchiefs on the grandstand. Last weekend there was provisionally settled by direct competitor Sporting Braga convincingly beat 3-0. Bas Dost was once again the big man on the side of Os Leões (de Leeuwen) with two goals. With fourteen hits, he is currently Portugal’s top scorer. In case of a loss, Sporting had the final three disappeared from sight, now the deficit at number three Braga was reduced to four points. Leader FC Porto still has nine points more than Sporting.
On Thursday evening Keizer is waiting for the heavy task of cleaning away a 0-1 home defeat. In a game that was marred with eight yellow cards, Sporting could not convince for a moment. Also playmaker Bruno Fernandes could not put his stamp on the game. Marcos Acuña received two yellow prints, which he suspended on Thursday evening. Jéreémy Mathieu, Bruno Gaspar, Rodrigo Battaglia, Nani and Fredy Montero are not available due to injuries.
Villarreal vs Sporting head to head matches
14.02.19 EL Sporting Villarreal 0 : 1
26.07.16 CF Villarreal Sporting 1 : 0 (0 : 0)