Spartak Moscow vs Villarreal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 4th October 2018
Kick off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Otkritie Arena (Moscow).
Spartak Moscow and Villarreal will come together in what promises at least on paper to be a very interesting European tie.
Villarreal were surprised in their first game in Spain when they were held to a 2-2 draw against Scottish side Rangers who were expected to struggle in that game. By drawing at home it has already put Villarreal on the back foot and a win would be a big bonus here.
Spartak Mosow lost away to Rapid Wien which in some quarters was also seen as quite a surprise. Returning home the pressure is on the club to get the job done here and get all three points, in short both teams need a win and it would be a surprise in the long run to see one of these teams not qualify from this group but that is what could happen.
The bookmakers have made Villarreal the slight favourites but they are not odds on which just underlines how close this game is being looked at, there really is little between the sides, although Spartak will be hoping that their home advantage will in the end make that difference.
Spartak Moscow vs Villarreal: Head to Head
There are no previous matches between the two teams on record.
Spartak Moscow vs Villarreal: Prediction
Both teams need to go for all three points. Playing slow possession football will not work for either team and this will feel like a knock out match even if it is only the 2nd game in the group stages. This is because both teams started the campaign poorly.
This will be an end to end game with plenty of chances and that is why we believe maximum stakes here on seeing 3 goals or more is the way to go for this game.
Spartak Moscow vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 2.00 (1/1).