Huesca vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 16 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio El Alcoraz (Huesca).
Villarreal will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2-3 home defeat to Celta as they take on the rock-bottomed Huesca on Sunday evening away at El Alcoraz. The Yellow Submarine seem to be paying the price of a tough Sunday-Thursday schedule as they just can’t seem to find the right rhythm in the domestic league.
Villarreal currently sit on the brink of the drop zone. They are actually level on points with the 18th-placed Athletic Bilbao after 15 rounds of the competition. The mentioned defeat to the Sky Blues forced team’s board to part ways with Javi Calleja as Luis Garcia was appointed as the caretaker manager. The match against the last-placed Huesca will mark his La Liga debut on Villarreal’s bench.
Villarreal head into this as heavy favourites in spite of their unpredictable form, but you should pay attention to their fatigue after Thursday’s decisive Europa League affair against Spartak Mosow.
Huesca vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
The two teams played each other in the 2012/13 Segunda Division campaign when Villarreal took four points from two outings against Huesca (1-0 and 1-1).
Copa del Rey draw has also put them together in the last 32 round three years ago when the Yellow Submarine advanced 4-3 on aggregate thanks to a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture on the home patch.
Huesca vs Villarreal: Prediction
Huesca could also consider a managerial change as they are not pulling up any trees in their maiden top flight season under Francisco. They took 7 points from 15 games and are as many as 7 away from the safe zone and position currently held by Villarreal.
The team lost 12 and drew 3 of past 15 matches in all competitions. They suffered two horrendous defeats to Athletic Bilbao in Copa del Rey (8-0 on aggregate). Francisco’s men failed to find the back of the net in past four matches.
This is a highly-important affair for both teams, but we expect the quality to prevail and see the value in backing Villarreal to claim the spoils at the 2.10 odds.
Huesca vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Villarreal to win @ 2.10 (11/10)
Villarreal to keep a clean sheet @ 3.00 (2/1).