Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 10 February 2018
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Deportivo Alaves have clinched an important home win over Celta Vigo last weekend to move on to a five-point distance from the relegation zone. Babazorros have thus continued the fine spell of form at their Estadio de Mendizorroza, but they struggle to bring this form on travels where the team has lost five of last six league ties.
Improving this trend will require a super strong performance from Abelardo’s men as they are up against Villarreal who are a very tough nut to crack in their own backyard. The Yellow Submarine have collected seven points from last three home ties netting an impressive seven-goal tally along the way. Javi Calleja’s side was on a run of three straight wins overall, but it has seen an end last Saturday when the ten-man squad fell away at Real Betis 2-1 at Estadio Benito Villamarin.
The loss has halted their push for Champions League spots as Villarreal could have taken over the likes of Real Madrid in fourth place with a win in Sevilla last weekend. The Yellow Submarine are still only two points away from the defending champions and they won’t lack motivation to push hard for the win here against Alaves.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves: Head-to-head
Interestingly, it’s Deportivo Alaves who lead the head to head tie by two wins coming into their 17th meeting with Villarreal.
Only one of those 17 matches has seen teams share spoils.
The Yellow Submarine were brutal in this term’s clash at Estadio de Mendizorroza where they eased past Alaves 0-3 in mid-September last year.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves: Prediction
The hosts have been pretty efficient in the final third in most recent home matches and we expect them to build on that form and clinch a super important victory in the battle for the top four spots in La LIga.
In accordance to that, we’ll go with Villarreal to win & Villarreal to score two or more goals as our main betting options for this tie.
Villarreal vs Deportivo Alaves: Bet Tips
Villarreal to win @ 1.65
Villarreal Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.85