Valencia vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 21st May 2017
Kick-off at 15:45 UK / 16:45 CET
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla, Valencia.
The Yellow Submarine travels to the famous venue where they will face Valencia. The guests will be looking for three points in order to stay atop the Europa League race and secure the 5th place hence the automatic group stage qualification.
Los Murciélagos have endured a forgettable season, but they are on a good way to recovery and becoming a serious team again. They won their last two games as they beat Osasuna 4-1 and Espanyol 0-1, respectively.
Currently, Valencia occupy the 12th position with 46 points collected, and they can only overtake the 11th place from Malaga, in the best case. This season at Mestalla, they have managed to win 8 and draw 4 games while losing 6; they scored 31 while allowing 29 goals in the process, so we can expect yet another high-scoring clash on Saturday.
The Yellow Submarine have the upper hand in the UEFA Europa League race as they stand in the 5th position, separated from Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao only by a single point – even a draw at Mestalla could drop them all the way to the 7th place, out of the UEFA zone.
However, Villarreal were one of the best teams on the road this season. After 18 away clashes, their record reads W7 D6 L5 with only 18 goals scored and 14 conceded.
Valencia vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
The Bats have stunned Villarreal earlier this season at Estadio de la Ceramica when they beat them 0-2. However, in the last 5 meetings, both teams have managed to win two times each.
Valencia vs Villarreal: Prediction
The hosts will be looking to put up a show for the crowd, but Villarreal’s motivation is certainly higher but the pressure is coming along so it will be interesting to see if Villarreal are able to stay concentrated until the final whistle.