Villarreal vs Almeria
Spanish Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Kick-Off at 19:30 UK / 20:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Almeria managed to avoid a defeat with two super late goals in the first leg of their last 32 Copa el Rey round tie with Villarreal. It was a spectacular second-half showing from both teams as the fans at Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos saw as many as six goals scored within 45 minutes of football.
Chema Nunez brought the home crowd in delirium converting the penalty seven minutes after the break. The Yellow Submarine responded with three goals (Santi Cazorla, Fran Callejon’s own goal and Samuel Chukwueze). Just when it seemed that Villarreal managed to secure progress to the next round, Almeria’s golden substitute Sekou Gassama notched a brace within the final three minutes of the game to set the final score 3-3 in Almeria.
Villarreal vs Almeria: Head-to-head
It’s been three years since these two teams last locked horns (before the mentioned Copa del Rey clash in early-November).
Villarreal lead the H2H tie by three wins, but they have a brutal record of six wins and two draws in eight home matches against La Union.
Almeria did not score a single goal in last four visits to Villarreal.
Villarreal vs Almeria: Prediction
Javi Calleja’s men are just not pulling up any trees this season in La Liga. A well congested schedule which regularly forces them to play Europa League fixtures on Thursdays caused a poor start to the new league campaign for Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine just find goals hard to come by in Primera where they sit 17th in the ladder. They notched only 13 goals in 14 league games so far in the season.
Almeria do not own the best of defensive records in Segunda Division. They hold the 12th position and are winless in last four matches in the second class of Spanish football. The team led by Francisco Fernandez conceded six goals in last four matches and they did not keep a single clean sheet in past nine games in all competitions.
Villarreal have a nice chance to raise the spirits in the dressing room with a victory by at least two goals difference on Wednesday.
Villarreal vs Almeria: Bet Tips
Villarreal -1.5 handicap @ 1.90 (9/10)
HT/FT Villarreal/Villarreal @ 1.80 (4/5).