Espanyol vs Villarreal Prediction & Match Preview

Espanyol vs Villarreal LaLiga Prediction and Preview by LeagueLane

Espanyol vs Villarreal
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Saturday, 21 August 2021
Kick-off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: RCDE Stadium.

Villarreal are the reigning Europa League champions, and they almost won the UEFA Super Cup as well. Meanwhile, Espanyol were not even part of the top flight the last year, and they also have a poor h2h record against this rival. Likely, expect a victory for the former.

They had secured a seventh place finish the last season, but still would be eligible for a ticket to the CL – courtesy of lifting the Europa. It was such a memorable campaign for the team, at the end of which they defeated Manchester United, to be champions.

They almost followed it up with a triumph in the Super Cup as well. Against Champions League winners Chelsea, they clearly were the better team, but could not convert their dominance into goals.

And at the end, the Blues managed to secure the victory in penalty shootout.

In the meantime, Espanyol secured promotion to the LaLiga, after being relegated the season before. However, despite gaining promotion, they are currently on a tough streak, and are struggling with defense.

Moreover, they also struggled against this rival over the years, and most importantly, they will face the issue of the lack of experience and exposure.

They just spent an year battling with second-division teams, while their counterparts were taking on some of the best teams in the continent.

Surely expect a win for Villarreal.

Espanyol vs Villarreal: Head-to-head (h2h)

  • The Europa winners had recorded 12 of the former 17 overall wins.
  • It’s been four years since they failed to score against this opponent.
  • The latest encounter at this stadium had ended in a 0-1 win for the guests.
  • In the past ten-year period, the visitors have failed to score just once at this ground.

Espanyol vs Villarreal Prediction

Espanyol were held to a goalless draw the last match-day by Osasuna. In the meantime, Villarreal were held to a 0-0 draw by Granada.

Going on, Espanyol were winless in nine of their past eleven overall games, and they are on a three-fixture winless streak at home. Importantly, they have just been promoted from the Segunda, and are pitted against the reigning Europa Champions.

On top of that, they also have a poor h2h record against this foe over the past several seasons.

In addition, the Yellow Submarines are also determined to bounce back after losing the Super Cup, and they are definitely targeting the three points here, as they are locking horns with a minnow. Count on Villarreal to secure a victory.

Espanyol vs Villarreal: Betting Tips

  • Villarreal to Win @ 2.40 (7/5)
  • Correct Score: 2-0 Villarreal @ 11.00 (10/1).