Valencia vs Villarreal
Europe – Europa League
Date: Thursday, 18th April 2019
Kick-off at 20.00 UK/ 21.00 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla (Valencia).
Gone are the days when Villarreal used to terrorize Spanish teams. This season, they are having a close call with the relegation zone and is just two points above of it as of now.
With six match-days to go, they have a long way to go before they can be deemed safe. The conclusion being, if they are eliminated from the Europa – it won’t be the end of the world, whereas if they are booted to the Segunda, that might be considered catastrophic.
Valencia is on a roll right now, especially at home. They are in possession of the final Europa League spot and has just three points to overcome to be considered for the Champions League.
On top of that, they defeated Villarreal, on the road, with a 1-3 scoreline, in the first leg of their Europa Quarters. Now they turn towards their home ground to complete the formality.
Valencia vs Villarreal Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last three matches returned two Valencia wins and a draw.
- Valencia scored three or more goals in the last two encounters while conceding a total of just one from the last three.
- 12 of the last 18 wins at this venue went to the hosts.
- The last time these two met here, which was a La Liga fixture, saw the hosts recording a 3-0 win. The game was two months back.
Valencia vs Villarreal Prediction
Valencia is a top-four contender in the Spanish league and has been one of the best teams in the country this year. Meanwhile, Villarreal has been a shadow of the team they were earlier and has been fighting to avoid relegation. On top of that, Valencia has the home advantage. Even better, they are ahead in aggregate scoreline by 3-1, and the three were away goals.
Moreover, the last time these two met here, Valencia recorded a 3-0 win. Importantly, Valencia is on a 19-game unbeaten run at home, while Villarreal was winless in 16 of their last 20 road ties.
Villarreal needs to score, and in plenty. The hosts will be happy to play relaxed and convert the chances they get due to the visitors’ mistakes, which will happen due to the pressure they are under. Expect an easy outing for the home team.
Valencia vs Villarreal Betting Tips
Valencia to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
The Hosts to Score in the First Half @ 1.80 (4/5).