Villarreal vs Espanyol
Spain – Copa del Rey
Date: Wednesday, 9th January 2019
Kick-off at 19.30 UK/ 20.30 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villareal).
Villareal is just a shadow of the team that they used to be in previous seasons. The side that once was in regular contention for European spots are now flirting with relegation line as the season has reached its halfway point. They have had a string of unwanted results, and their streak looks like it might go on for a while.
Espanyol was just unlucky to have faced three of the high-performing teams in the Spanish League, in quick succession – Barcelona, Atleti and Real Betis. Though it’s true they couldn’t perform to their heart’s desire, immediately after the stretch, they bounced back. They are desperate to make amends and to compensate for lost time.
Villarreal vs Espanyol Head-to-head (h2h)
- Espanyol won the last h2h match with a scoreline of 3-1.
- Villarreal were unbeaten in 6 matches until then, yet 4 of those are stalemates.
- Four of their last 5 meetings saw under 2.5 goals.
- The Yellow submarines have a strong home record against Espanyol and lost just 1 of the last 13 while raking up 8 wins and 4 draws.
- Meantime, Espanyol failed to score in 9 of their last 13 visits to the Ceramica.
Villarreal vs Espanyol Prediction
The Magico is really gunning for the top tier in 2018-19. The team which usually set targets to avoid relegation is actively in the mix for the Europa League. The Yellow Submarines, on the other hand, dropped in quality. Right now, they are just one point away from being in the relegation zone.
The only thing they have got going on is the home advantage, in this tie. But the form Espanyol has been in this season, they will figure out a way to counter it. The Periquitos will win at least one half of the tie.
But still, Espanyol has found it hard to keep clean sheets in away games. To be precise, they have conceded in 12 of their last 15 matches on the road. I expect their defense to be breached in this game too.
Go for a BTTS bet and for Espanyol to win either of the halves.
Villarreal vs Espanyol Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score: YES @ 1.90 (9/10)
To Win Either Half: Espanyol @ 2.50.