FC Sevilla vs. Villarreal / La Liga – This is another derby in La Liga between teams that played European competitions this season and are now struggling to play next season in Europa League. Sevilla played the Champions League and they reached the quarterfinals, but they have been eliminated last week. Villarreal played in Europa League and they were eliminated earlier, and they are above their host on the table with one point more. Both teams are in a pretty bad shape, so Villarreal has lost the previous two championship duels, while Sevilla has five duels without defeat, counting the Champions League. In the first part of the season, Sevilla has celebrated with 3-2 after a turnover. Begins: 14.04.2018. – 13:00 CET
This season’s adventure in Europe is over and Sevilla can be satisfied, because they have reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League, where Bayern was too strong to over pass them, as they did against Manchester United in the round of sixteen. However, Sevilla cannot be happy with the championship and they have already lost too many games, and quite a lot of them convincingly, and they are very convincing, which is best described with 50 received goals and only four teams in the league received more.
Their last debacle took place in the last round when they were defeated in Vigo with 4-0. This game came in a very unlucky time because they had played their first duel against Bayern a few days before, and they paid more attention to the Champions League. After 0-0 in Munich and the elimination, they are turning to the championship and we expect only Muriel to replace Ben Yedder at the top of the attack.
Probable lineups FC Sevilla: Soria – J.Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero – N'Zonzi, Banega – Sarabia, Vazquez, Correa – Muriel
Villarreal is struggling this season and their form is constantly oscillating, especially lately. They have suffered two unsuccessful defeats for the first time against Eibar and Girona, then they were defeated by Las Palmas and the powerful Atletico on the field, while they in the first two rounds failed again and lost first to Malaga, and then in the last round on their field from Athletic Bilbao. They certainly counted on the maximum of six points in these matches and if they have won them, they would have a pretty comfortable situation in the fight for placement in Europa League.
Coach Calleja made a series of changes after 1-0 against Malaga, and Mario ended up on the bench, who was replaced by Rukavina. Castillejo nor R.Soriano were in midfield, nor N.Sansone in the attack. It did not help in duel with Athletic when they scored goals at the beginning of the match and at the start of the second half and eventually lost with 3-1 and A.Gonzalez was eliminated, so he will not play in this match. Bonera is questionable, so Torres and V.Ruiz could be on the center-back positions.
Probable lineups Villarreal: Asenjo – Mario, Torres, V.Ruiz, J.Costa – Trigueros, Rodri, J.Fuego, R.Soriano – Unal, Bacca
FC Sevilla vs. Villarreal PICK
Sevilla is under the imperative of victory and they want to finally break the negative series, so we expect them to play a good match in front of their supporters and overcome Villarreal, which is unpredictable, but they are traditionally bad at this hosting.
Pick: Sevilla wins
Odds: 1.85 at williamhill (down to 1.75 can be played)