Villarreal vs Leganes
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 22nd April 2017
Kick-off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal.
Villarreal welcome relegation candidate Leganes on Saturday on their quest towards UEFA Europa League. The Yellow Submarine suffered a surprising defeat in the previous round when Alaves beat them 2-1.
Leganes are under the huge pressure since they were beaten in the previous three La Liga outings. Espanyol bested them 0-1 at Estadio Municipal de Butarque last Sunday.
The Yellow Submarine is submerged in the fifth position with 54 points. Despite Villarreal conceded only 26 goals this season, they managed to keep a single clean sheet in the last five La Liga games.
Villarreal were defeated in two out of last four games at Estadio de la Ceramica. Both Eibar and Real Madrid prevailed with the result of 2-3. The hosts scored at least two goals in the last four home games.
The guests are without a win in the last six matches. In 16 visits this campaign, Leganes registered 3 wins, 4 draws, and 9 defeats, conceding 27 and scoring only 12 in the process.
Since only five points separate them from the last three, Leganes could easily see themselves relegated unless they step up in the remaining matches. However, Estadio de la Ceramica is a fortress this season while the guests failed to win their last 12 matches.
Villarreal vs Leganes: Head-to-head
Back in December, the teams were featured in a goalless draw. Besides this season’s meeting, Villarreal and Leganes haven’t been meeting since 1999/2000 season, when they crossed swords in Spanish Segunda.
Villarreal vs Leganes: Prediction
The hosts can’t allow themselves to drop any points against the teams from the lower part of the standings, especially as the season is coming to an end. The guests will probably park the bus and hope for another goalless match, but Villarreal’s attack should be able to breach their defense easily.