Villarreal vs Ponferradina
Copa del Rey
Date: 30th November 2017
Kick off at 18:30 UK / 19:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Javi Calleja sent a reserve lineup on the pitch in the first leg of Villarreal’s Copa del Rey tie with Ponferradina which caused the shocking 1-0 win for the third-division outfit a month ago at Estadio El Toralin.
The potential elimination to such an opponent would be disastrous for the Yellow Submarine at this stage of the competition and we expect the hosts to take the rematch seriously in order to annul the one-goal disadvantage this Thursday at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Calleja’s men won’t come into the match in the highest of the spirits having suffered a 2-3 defeat to Sevilla at home in La Liga.
The loss dropped them down to the sixth position in the domestic league and is threatening to ruin all the good work the team has done in the recent period.
We are thus expecting to see the Colombian striker Carlos Bacca in the squad from the very first minute of the rematch and backing him as the anytime goalscorer seems to be a decent shout here.
Apart from the shocking home win over Villarreal, it has generally been a dismal campaign for Ponferradina in the third tier.
The visitors sit 19th in the Segunda B Division and they’ll head into this on the back of a demolishing 4-1 defeat at Rapido Bouzas.
Carlos Terrazas’ side has been really poor on the road in this term and they’ve lost four and drawn one of their last five away matches in the league.
Villarreal vs Ponferradina: Head to head
The two sides have met earlier in the second tier of the Spanish football. To be more precise, they’ve battled it out in Segunda back in 2012/13 season when the Yellow Submarine came on top on both occasions without conceding a single goal during the process.
Nonetheless, Ponferradina took a 0-2 win on the road in Copa del Rey in the same season.
Villarreal vs Ponferradina: Prediction
The gulf in quality between the two sides is still massive and we expect the hosts to prove the favourites tag in the rematch and cruise past the opposition by three or more of goals margin.
Villarreal vs Ponferradina: Bet Tips
The main bet is Villarreal -2.5 handicap at the odds of 1.90.
The alternative bet is Villarreal to keep a clean sheet at 1.61.
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