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Villarreal vs Valencia Prediction & Betting tips
The most notable poster in the quarterfinals of the Europa League is undoubtedly the Spanish confrontation between Villarreal and Valencia. Both teams are only about fifty kilometers apart as the crow flies and therefore have no secrets for each other.
It is a strange season for the fans of Villarreal. In their own country, their favorite club has been sentenced to fight relegation, but at the same time the team is only five games away from European glory. As the winner of the Europa League automatically qualifies for the Champions League main tournament, it could therefore just be that Villarreal participates as a second division in the European million-ball. It should not get any crazier.
Villarreal’s priority, of course, is to preserve the body, because relegation would have disastrous consequences in view of the expensive management of El Submarino Amarillo. Last weekend, Real Betis lost 2-1, causing the yellow shirts to fall back into the danger zone. It is obvious that coach Javi Calleja will rotate and that he will save key players such as Sergio Asenjo, Santi Cazorla and Karl Toko Ekambi for the crucial away time of coming weekend against Girona. However, that does not mean that we should not expect anything from Villarreal on Thursday evening. The team already plays the entire Europa League with a mix of basic players and reserves, but is nevertheless still unbeaten in Europe and managed to eliminate clubs such as Sporting CP and Zenit St. Petersburg.
Just like Villarreal, fellow countryman Valencia also has two thoughts on Thursday night. The club from the orange city seemed initially busy with a lost season, but thanks to a strong series, the Spanish top four are suddenly in sight again. The 2-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano last weekend was a bitter pill, but with seven rounds to go, Valencia still has a good chance of winning the coveted fourth place, which entitles them to participate in the Champions League. So it is possible that trainer Marcelino Toral will give some strong holders a rest on Thursday evening and will save for the upcoming weekend competition match against fellow townman Levante.
With last weekend’s defeat, a series of seventeen official games without defeat came to an end, which meant a new club record. It is now of course important to recover from this as quickly as possible and to immediately put down a good result again on Thursday evening. Defensively, Valencia has its affairs well organized, but the team is going very hard this season. In La Liga, only three teams scored less than Los Che.
Villarreal vs Valencia head to head matches
26.01.19 LL Valencia Villarreal 3 : 0
23.09.18 LL Villarreal Valencia 0 : 0
05.05.18 LL Villarreal Valencia 1 : 0
23.12.17 LL Valencia Villarreal 0 : 1
21.05.17 LL Valencia Villarreal 1 : 3