Valencia vs Villarreal / Europa League – Spanish showdown in the quarter-finals seems the least interesting. The 1st leg was repetition of what we could see La Liga. Valencia won 16 points more, it is much better positioned, and it won the first match by 3-1. It wasn’t dominant as the result might suggest but nevertheless it made a great advantage. Valencia won Villarreal in La Liga at home by 3-0.
Valencia vs Villarreal begins 18.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Valencia took an early lead in the 1st leg after Parejo missed the penalty and Guedes attempt to rectify that, but they received an equaliser from penalty too. They scored remaining two goals no sooner than in the added time, which is why stands our statement that they didn’t win easily. Guedes become hero of the match with two goals, but we should say that he scored against Real Madrid before that and against Levante in the previous round when Valencia also won by 3-1. There were many changes in the team, at all positions as several players needed a break. The biggest handicap now is Piccini’s injury.
Probable lineups Valencia: Neto – Wass, Garay, G. Paulista, Gaya – Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes – Santi Mina, Rodrigo
It seems that Europe fairytale is coming to its end for Villarreal, however, they struggle to survive in La Liga and they are doing a bit better there. If elimination from the Europa League is price they have to pay to stay in La Liga they would probably sign such outcome right away. In the meantime Villarreal won away Girona 1-0 and with those three points they escaped the drop zone, having two points more than the first team in it. Manager Calley had refreshed the team with Bacco and Toko Ekambi, but now he will revert to a bit different formation. Stopper A. Gonzales is the only suspended player.
Probable lineups Villarreal: A. Fernandez – Mario, V. Ruiz, Funes Mori, Quintilla – Caseres, Iborra – Samu, Cazorla, Fornals – G. Moreno
Valencia vs Villarreal PICK
Valencia had finished a larger part of the job in the first match and all it needs to do now is to confirm a place in the semi-final with a new victory. Villarreal is aware that La Liga is more important for them at the moment and they are focused on the coming match in it, while they might let go this one.
Pick: Valencia wins
Odds: 1.82 at betsson (down to 1.72 can be played)
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