Espanyol – Villarreal : Preview & Prediction
Even duel will be played by Espanyol and Villarreal in Catalan territory. The “parakeets” have proved to be an uncomfortable and complicated eleven to overcome in their stadium, lacking nothing more greater efficiency in front of the goal. If we refer to the “Yellow Submarine”, it remains a square and effective as a visitor thanks to the good foot of its players.
Actuality of Espanyol
The present of the “parakeets” in the tournament is not very encouraging to say, they are already located in the second part of the table and not so far from the direct descent (15th place with 26 units). He has not won for a long time, achieving 2 losses and 3 draws in his last 5 presentations (2 consecutive parities). Of course, despite everything, has a defined football proposal.
The numbers of Espanyol before its people are acceptable but not positive after winning 5 parties, equaling other 3 and losing the remaining 4 that it disputed. By scoring and conceding 11 goals in total, we can say that it is about an uncomfortable to overcome but with little goal. They have not won in their last 3 home games, drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao, losing 0-3 to Sevilla and drawing 1-1 against Barcelona.
News from Villarreal
After losing 3-1 to Olympique Lyon for the Europa League last Thursday, Villarreal will look to win again in the league after two straight defeats. These days, he has 37 points in total, being 5 to qualify for the Champions League. It is still an easy and competitive one, but somewhat irregular at the moment of the results.
Outside the Madrigal, the “Yellow Submarine” has obtained diverse results for its aspirations (5 triumphs, 2 equalities and 5 falls, reaching to specify 12 targets and receive 16 in its goal). They lost 2-1 their last start against Betis, leaving behind a streak of 3 victories in this condition (0-1 to Celta, 0-1 to Valencia and 0-1 to Real Madrid).
The last time Espanyol and Villarreal played was in the first round and the final result was closed (0-0 in the Madrigal). In Catalan territory, Espanyol does not win since the distant 2008. From there, in more, there have been 2 victories and 6 equalities in total. As an added data, we tell you that they have registered 3 consecutive parities (1-1 in November 2014, 2-2 in January 2016 and 0-0 in October of that same year).
Prediction Espanyol vs Villarreal
For us there is no clear favorite on this occasion, as the two teams are competitive and complicated to overcome by having relatively similar football styles (good ball handling to attack). The “parakeets” are not 100% reliable in their stadium, but they always fight the matches until the end. It is enough to remember what happened before Barcelona in the Cup and in the League to corroborate this affirmation. In the case of the “Yellow Submarine”, we can tell you that it is a level squad, whose maximum stop has been to win in 3 difficult fields of the competition (Balaídos, Mestalla and Bernabéu). An equality of 1-1 or 2-2 is expected if the procedure is open or 0-0 if the defenses are imposed on the attacks.
Espanyol – Villarreal : Betting Tips
Espanyol – Win Odds: 2.25
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70