Espanyol vs Villarreal
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Thursday, 17th January 2019
Kick-off at 19.30 UK/ 20.30 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium (Barcelona).
After a run of below-par matches, Magico seems to have turned a new leaf in the new year. They have remained unbeaten in their two matches in 2019. They almost pulled off a victory in their first leg tie against the Yellow Submarines. But late-match complacency undid all the hard work they put in earlier.
Budgerigars were leading 0-2, till the 85th minute, and that too, two away goals. The fans had almost ensured their progression into the Quarter Finals when the disaster happened. Two goals in the space of four minutes took the life out of the visitors and tipped the scale in balance.
As the second leg approaches, the Periquitos have the advantage of the home crowd and two away-goals, while their challengers have the morale-boosting memories of the inspiring comeback in the first leg.
Espanyol vs Villarreal Head-to-head (h2h)
- Both teams got on the scoresheet in the last three h2h ties.
- The team from Cornella has been unbeaten in their last four h2h attempts.
- The White and Blues are unbeaten at home against this opponent since 2014.
- Four of the last five games between these teams at this venue ended in draws.
Espanyol vs Villarreal Prediction
The game will be a hard-fought one. But the one thing that the visitors have going against them is their worrying league form this season. They once used to be the contenders for the European spots in the La Liga, but right now they occupy the 19th position in league standings. All they could manage in this whole season is just three wins.
Luis Garcia’s men have more pressing matters at hand, and they will want to ensure their survival in the dominant league come summer. As this will be playing at the back of their heads, they will not go into this tie with absolute determination. At this point, any extra responsibility is just a liability for the team. If possible, they will not want the added tension of the domestic cup haunting them.
The hosts will take advantage of this fact as well as their away goals. They will defend well and look for lapses in the visitors’ defense. The team will in no way let another mistake happen, like that of the last five minutes in the first leg.
Expect a comparatively silent first half, as Magico will be concentrating in defending. The first half will not see more than one goal. And, in all likelihood, the struggling Yellow Submarines will not score more than one goal in the whole match.
Espanyol vs Villarreal Betting Tips
Under 1.5 First Half Goals @ 1.40 (2/5)
Under 1.5 Team Goals by Villarreal @ 1.44 (4/9).