Villarreal vs Valencia / Europa League – Two Spanish teams reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League but just one can be the semi-finalist. Draw put together Villarreal and Valencia, and this is going to be clash between two neighbours. Villarreal has huge problems in La Liga where it fights to survive, while Valencia tries to reach the European scene. Their league match this season played in Villarreal ended as a goalless draw.
Villarreal vs Valencia begins 11.04.2019 at 21:00 CET
Villarreal continues to fight on two fronts where it shows two different faces. It plays very good in the Europa League where it effortlessly reached the quarter-finals. Villarreal didn’t lose a single match in this competition, and in the knockout phase it routinely eliminated Sporting and Zenit. That is why is strange why Villarreal doesn’t play well in La Liga where it dwells in the drop zone. They again have three-game winless streak despite they had almost won two matches. In the previous round Cazola missed penalty in the last minue that would equalised result in match with Betis. New name on injured list is of stopper Bonera.
Probable lineups Villarreal: A. Fernandez – A. Gonzalez, Funes Mori, V. Ruiz – Mario, Caseres, Iborra, Fornals, Pedraza – Bacca, G. Moreno
Valencia made the same results like its host in four matches of the knockout phase. They won three and drew one match and it can be said that they didn’t have much problem to reach the quarter-finals, although it was uncertain against Krasnodar. On the other hand Valencia kicked into higher gear in La Liga where it played really good all the way till the previous weekend when it totally unexpectedly lost away to Rayo Vallecano. Before that Valencia had 12-game unbeaten streak only in La Liga, without matches played in the Europa League and Copa del Rey where it has reached the final. Midfielder Soler is suspended now and cannot play.
Probable lineups Valencia: Neto – Piccini, Garay, Diakhaby, Gaya – Wass, Parejo, Kondogbia, Cheryshev – Santi Mina, Rodrigo
Villarreal vs Valencia PICK
In general, Valencia has showed much more than Villarreal but if we narrow down our overview only to the Europa League the home team perhaps plays even better. That is why the match could be quite uncertain and we believe that defensive tactic will be choice of both managers, meaning we shouldn’t see too many goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.77 at betsson (down to 1.67 can be played)
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