Valencia vs Villareal: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, April 18th, 2019 @15:00
The all-Spanish Europa League last eight clash should be a mere formality for Valencia after Los Che scored three at Villarreal’s Estadio de la Cerámica to take a commanding first-leg lead.
The season has been something of a toil for Javier Calleja’s Villarreal side, after finishing fifth in La Liga last season, the Yellow Submarine find themselves 15th in the table as the season nears its end after just seven league wins.
However, the Europa League has been something of a reprieve for the club who have recorded three UEFA Cup semi-finals since 2004.
For their opponents, the resurgence is well underway and ever since Marcelino took charge in 2017, Valencia have been getting back to their best.
Two late strikes dealt a severe hammer blow to Villarreal’s hopes as Valencia rode a little luck and took advantage of the Yellow Submarine’s lapse in concentration late on to take firm control of this tie recording a 3-1 away win.
That result makes Valencia heavy favourites with online betting sites to progress to the next round as well as win this tie.
However, in 2017, Villarreal recording two wins at Valencia’s Mestalla in the calendar year so cannot be discounted.
As Valencia are battling Sevilla and Getafe for the final top four spot in La Liga do not expect Marcelino to play a full-strength side but with home advantage, they should hold on to progress and repeat their 1-1 draw recorded against Krasnodar in March.
The draw and both teams to score
Expect a weakened Valencia side on Thursday enabling Villarreal to get on the scoresheet but considering the home side have scored in five of their last six at home and not lost at home since November, a home goal is a certainty with the draw the best way to get value with popular sportsbooks in this game.
The draw at half time
The pair were locked at 1-1 at the break in the first leg and it was only two late goals that secured the win for Valencia, with three of the sides’ last four head-to-heads a draw at halftime.
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Portuguese midfielder Gonçalo Guedes struck twice in the first leg to set Valencia on their way to a crucial 3-1 first-leg lead.
The pair have also met this year at Valencia’s Mestalla in Spain’s La Liga back in January with Marcelino’s Valencia side recording a comfortable 3-0 home win.
However, in 2017, Villarreal did record back to back away wins against Valencia but have not won any of the last three meetings losing two and drawing one.
- Valencia’s Gonçalo Guedes has netted three goals in his last four games.
- Valencia won the competition back in 2004 defeating Marseille in the final.
- Villarreal have reached the semi-finals of the Europa League three-times, most recently in 2016.
- The tie winners will face either Arsenal or Napoli in the last four.