Villarreal vs Sporting
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Even though Villarreal have not been pulling up any trees in this term of La Liga, they managed to find the way to see off Sporting Lisbon 0-1 away at Estadio Jose Alvalade last weekend.
It was a surprising result if we know about the Lions’ fine home form in this term of Primeira Liga as well as Villarreal’s domestic struggles.
Nonetheless, the return of Javi Calleja on team’s bench has obviously affected the Yellow Submarine in a good way.
The new-old manager completely shifted his side’s fortunes around with his arrival and Villarreal successfully backed up the mentioned victory over Portuguese outfit with a highly-important 3-0 Sevilla scalp on Sunday evening at Estadio de la Ceramica.
The hosts are now unbeaten in last four matches in all competitions and they did not concede a single goal in past three matches in the process.
Villarreal vs Sporting: Head-to-head
Villarreal and Sporting played each other just once in the past and it was match of a friendly character.
There were no goals when two teams met in the summer of 2016.
Villarreal claimed a 0-1 victory at Jose Alvalade seven days ago thanks to a 3rd-minute goal from Alfonso Pedraza.
Villarreal vs Sporting: Prediction
The hosts were very tough to break down throughout the entire group phase campaign as well. They kept their net untouched in all of past four group stage matches. Counting the 0-1 win in Lisbon, it’s five clean sheets on the bounce for Villarreal in this competition.
Sporting Lisbon also played super strong defense allowing just three goals in six group stage matches of their own.
We were thus not surprised to see such low-scoring contest in the first keg of this tie. We expect a similar outcome this time out as Under 2.5 goals FT can be backed at the odds of 1.80.
Villarreal vs Sporting: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5)
Villarreal to keep a clean sheet @ 2.50 (6/4).