Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves
Spain – Primera Division
Date: Saturday, 2nd March 2019
Kick-off at 15.15 UK/ 16.15 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villareal).
The roles have been reversed compared to previous seasons. Now, Alaves is fighting for a spot in Europe, while Villarreal is struggling to stay alive in the competition. And both are on the verge. Our hosts are in the 18th position, and two points off safety, while Alaves is in a very delicate situation, with a win potentially taking them to a Champions League spot, and a loss taking them almost to mid-table.
The tie is important for both of these sides, and as such the quality of gameplay will reflect it. A draw is no good for either of them and from the get-go, both will look only for the win.
H2h encounters show a specific stat that these teams have stuck on for very long. Draws have been avoided in most of their meetings. In fact, only once did the squads play to a stalemate in the last 20 years. And even then, it was not at this venue.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last five matches saw four Alaves wins.
- It’s been at least two years since Villarreal avoided a loss against this opponent.
- The last four games at this venue saw three away wins.
- Two of the last three meetings at this stadium had goals at either end of the pitch.
- Five of the last seven overall fixtures had this same stat as well.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves Prediction
Alaves is in the top-most tier of the league table, and the season has entered its final phase. The obvious conclusion is the team has shown admirable consistency this season. On the other hand, Villarreal is fighting relegation at the 18th spot.
Alaves was unbeaten in 17 of their last 25 games and won four of the last five h2h ties with Villarreal, and three of the last four at this venue as well. The hosts for Saturday, however, went winless in 12 of their last 14 matches, and in six of their last seven home ties.
Taking these into account, Deportivo should avoid a loss at all costs this Saturday.
But things are not going to be that simple for them. The home team is desperate. They need something out of their remaining ties, or risk relegation at the end of the season. Moreover, they have recorded goals in their last 14 home ties in a row, and in five of their last seven h2h fixtures at home. Additionally, they found the back of the net in their last four overall head-to-head fixtures, and in five of the last seven.
Bearing in mind these observations, both teams should record goals this weekend.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves Betting Tips
Double Chance: Deportivo Alaves to Win or Draw @ 2.20 (6/5)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10).