Villarreal vs Espanyol
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 3 February 2019
Kick-Off at 11:00 UK / 12:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Villarreal host Espanyol in a super-important fixture set to open La Liga action for Sunday. The hosts have not been pulling up any trees in recent weeks as a thread of eight consecutive league games without a win saw them fall into the red zone.
The 3-0 loss to Valencia eight days ago at Mestalla rang the alarm bells as the board decided to bring Javi Calleja back instead of Luis Garcia.
Calleja will thus make the new debut on the bench here against Espanyol. He will have a mountain to climb to turn a corner with the team which sits five points below the safe zone line.
The good news for the Spanish manager is Espanyol’s dreadful run of form in recent months as well.
The Budgerigars were one of the most pleasant surprises in the first half of the season, but they joined the relegation scrap after a horrendous streak of nine losses in last ten Primera Divisin outings.
Rubi’s men sit just three points above the danger area and a potential failure here would seriously compromise their op flight status.
Villarreal vs Espanyol: Head-to-head
The draw was by far the most frequent of outcomes in the history of head to head games between these two likes.
It happened on 29 occasions in 39 matches.
Villarreal won 13 and lost 7 of remaining 20 ties against the Budgerigars.
Espanyol were much better in recent years, though, as they won two and drew two of past four games against the Yellow Submarine.
Villarreal were the dominant force in matches on the home patch where they won 09, drew 8 and lost only 2 of 19 games against Espanyol.
Villarreal vs Espanyol: Prediction
Both teams are struggling badly coming into this fixture, but we believe Javi Calleja has what it takes to lift the spirits inside Villarreal’s dressing room and guide the team towards success here.
Espanyol did not play defense at all in recent outings. They allowed three or more goals in each of last three league matches (3-2 loss to Sociedad, 3-0 loss to Eibar and 2-4 defeat to Real Madrid).
The hosts are in a must-win situation and we will back them to claim the spoils at the odds of 1.83. You will get identical odds for the Yellow Submarine to score two or more goals on the occasion.
Villarreal vs Espanyol: Bet Tips
Villarreal to win @ 1.83 (5/6)
Villarreal Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.83 (5/6).