Villarreal have produce an amazing record and result at home in the Europa competition. The Yellow Submarine will be hosting Sparta Prague on a ground they have kept clean sheets in all of their five matches in the competition so far this season.
Sparta Prague on the other-hand are unbeaten in all their 10 league Europa games this season. The Czech based side took savaged 6 victories in this 19 games, with 4 ending in a draw. Their electrifying performance in the 3-0 away win at Lazio in the previous round has to be particularly highlighted.
Villareal are currently on 3 games unbeaten run in all competition. The Yellow Submarine savaged a famous 2-2 draw with Spanish giant at the El Madrigal stadium 4 weeks back.
While Sparta Prague tested defeat for the first time in 7 games, after they suffered 2-0 loss to Slovacko on Saturday. The side who sits 2nd on the Czech first league log, ha d earlier gone 6 games unbeaten including a 4 straight win.
In addition, Sparta stays unbeaten in the Europa league while their Thursdays host have succumbed to defeat once in their 10 Europa game so far.
Villarreal: Team News
Antonio Rukavina is suspended for the Yellow Submarines and Mario is likely to make his 7th appearance in the Europa League at right back position.
Jonathan Dos Santos, Mateo Musacchio and Daniele Bonera are injured, while Juame Costa and Samu Castillejo are doubts and are unlikely to make the team sheet.
Villarreal: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Areola – Mario, Bailly, Ruiz, Marin – Suarez, Pina, Bruno, Trigueros – Soldado, Bakambu.
Sparta Prague: Team News
Center defender Mario Holek and midfielders Lukas Vacha and Ondrej Zahustel are sidelined for Sparta Prague due to their respective injuries. Head coach Zdeněk Ščasný is likely to favour a 4-2-3-1 formation for the formation due to key players missing as he look for a respectable result to bring the penultimate tie back to their home ground.
Sparta Prague: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Bicik – Marecek, Brabec, Nhamoinesu, Frydek – Marecek, Jirácek – Fatai, Dockal, Krejci – Lafata.
Villarreal vs Sparta Prague: Head-To-Head-Stats
Both side will be meeting for the first time in a UEFA branded European competition.
Villarreal can boast of an 5 match unbeaten record against teams from Czech Republic, with 3 wins and 2 draws. Their home record read 2 out of two wins. The Yellow submarines met Sparta’s domestic rivals Viktoria Plzen in this season’s group stage, drawing 3-3 away and winning 1-0 at home.
Sparta Prague have met Spanish oppositions 17 times in UEFA competitions and their record reads 5 wins, 2 draws and 10 defeats. Their record in Spain stay at 1 win, 2 draws and 5 defeats from 8 outings. Sparta have failed to score a goal in their last 4 visits to Spain.
Villarreal Vs Sparta Prague: Prediction
Villareal have kept a clean sheet in all their 5 Europa league home games this season, scoring an answered 9 goals during the period. The yellow Submarine will however be hosting a side who remains unbeaten in this season Europe competition so far.
Prague will be going to a fortress, but definitely they have got all it takes to savage a point looking at their recent run of form in the tournament.