Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 133 December 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
It’s all wide open in the heavily contested Group G coming into last round matches on Thursday evening. Villarreal top the section at the moment meaning a win here secures them the top spot finish. However, a defeat would see them eliminated as fourth-placed Spartak are just two points away at the moment.
The Russian side had a huge opportunity to make a massive step towards the knockout phase on the previous Matchday, but they shockingly fell 1-2 at home to Rapid Vienna. They now have an uphill battle to fight against an unbeaten opposition away on the Spanish soil in Matchday No 6.
The task is even tougher if we know that the Yellow Submarine enjoyed a 5-0 drubbing of Rapid Vienna in their previous home fixture in the competition.
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
The draw has joined these two sides only once in the past.
They battled it out in the third round of Intertoto Cup back in 2004/05 campaign.
Villarreal advanced 3-2 on aggregate on the occasion thanks to a 1-0 victory in front of the home crowd.
Teams shared spoils in a six-goal thriller when they met each other in the second round of Europa League this term.
Villarreal were ahead of two separate occasions, but they had to save a point in the stoppage time when Santi Cazorla made no mistake from the spot.
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
Javi Calleja’s men come into this off the back of a rather odd spell of results. They demolished Segunda Division outfit Almeria 8-0 in Copa del Rey last week before falling 2-3 to Celta Vigo in the weekend’s La Liga contest at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Spartak boosted up their confidence with a 0-3 victory over Anzhi in the Russian Premier League. Ze Luis notched a brace, while Luiz Adriano added one himself on the occasion. Four consecutive games Spartak have played earlier saw goals scored at both ends. Given Villarreal’s clear defensive woes, we expect to see the BTTS option “coming in” here.
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11).