Competition: La Liga
Market: Villarreal win
Chances: 4/6 @888sport
Looking to get back on track on Thursday night, Villarreal will meet Espanyol at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Starting with the hosts last showing yet another downbeat performance after losing 2-1 to Sevilla, Villarreal really feel like a team looking for some recent momentum. Disappointed on April 15, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Valladolid, Quique Setien’s men are now in a real battle for a place in the top six this season. However, rightfully sensing a chance to claim a La Liga boost on Thursday night, the former Barcelona boss should be thrilled by an attractive midweek result against the away side. Claiming a well deserved 1–0 win as they traveled to Catalonia for their return top flight meeting on 9 November, Villarreal have only lost one of their previous six home fixtures against Periquitos. It should also be noted that when Espanyol visited the Estadio de la Ceramica last season, the Yellow Submarine broke through to a 5-1 victory.
As for the away side, although Espanyol may have last been seen pulling away a 0-0 draw at home against Cadiz, that doesn’t cover what has been a nightmarish La Liga campaign for Luis Garcia’s team. Still sitting in the relegation zone and considered one of the top contenders for a return to the Segunda in 2023, the Perikitos have notably picked up just one point in any of their last seven consecutive La Liga games. back to February 25th. Marking their return from the international break in March with another unsettling performance as they were defeated 2-1 by Girona, Espanyol will be more than aware that they have a tough trip ahead of them at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Thursday night. Rolling back to that 5-1 win when they went to Villarreal last season, we stand behind a similar win at home here.
Bet: Villarreal will beat Espanyol 4/6 in La Liga on Thursday. @ 888sport