Villarreal and Espanyol face at Estadio de la Cerámica, in a match for the 20th round of the First Division. Villarreal won out by (0-1) the last time they met in this edition of the league, on 20-10-2019. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 6 games. However, the last time these two teams played a game at this stadium was on 03-02-2019, in a First Division match that ended in a draw for (2-2). The goals of the match were scored by Vicente Iborra (37 ‘) and Santi Cazorla (65’), for Villarreal, and D. Bonera (75 ‘Autogolo) and R. Rosales (81’), for Espanyol. Despite being a match between 9th and 20th of the table, it is actually a confrontation between the 10th ranked in home games and the 14th as a visitor.
After 8 wins, 4 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in 9th position, with 28 points won. In their last match, they won Real Sociedad out by (1-2), after in the previous match they won by (1-2) at home, in a match against Getafe. This is a team little affected by the home factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. The team arrives at this match after a victory outside with Orihuela by (1-2), at the end of the extra time. For the championship, Villarreal conquered 16 points in 27 possible, after 4 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat in the last 9 games he played in his stadium. In their home league games the most frequent final result at the break was 0-0 (5 in 9 games). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 games, so he has not presented great defensive strength, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 19 games in this competition, he only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 10 home games for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they scored 7 of their 19 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘); He suffered 4 of his 11 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Villarreal is motivated for this match, after a 1-2 away win, against Orihuela, for the Copa del Rey: Gerard Moreno scored twice in the game, allowing his team to advance in the competition. It is possible that the home team prefers the left flank to attack, taking advantage of the depth offered by the left defender Xavi Quintillà. Despite being a team that likes to play in the middle of the field, it also has an ability to counterattack. Keep in mind that at the defensive moment Villarreal shows to be a very aggressive team, giving the opponent little space. The local coach will not be able to count on Bruno, delivered to the medical department.
The visiting team is currently in 20th place, with 11 points won, after 2 wins, 5 draws and 12 losses. In the penultimate match, he lost out against CD Leganés by (2‑0). In the last game, he tied at home against Barcelona by (2-2). This is a team that usually conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since it conquered 8 points out and 3 in its stadium, with 5 goals scored and 14 suffered as a visitor, against 9 goals scored and 22 suffered at home. In the last match he played, for the Copa del Rey, he won the SS Reyes out by (0-2). In its last 9 games as a visitor to the championship Espanyol records 2 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, so it conquered 8 points in 27 possible.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 losses in the last away matches. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 19 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 12 times and only got 1 comeback. There are 2 periods that stand out in the last 18 away matches for all competitions: they scored 8 of their 22 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘); He suffered 7 of his 19 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
Espanyol arrives motivated to this match, after a 0-2 victory over the Kings, for the Copa del Rey: Calleri and Raúl de Tomás scored the goals of the victory. Argentina’s Calleri is responsible for creating problems for the rival defense and its best quality is completion. Usually, coach Abelardo organizes his team in a 4-4-2, in which the two most advanced players are Darder and Calleri. The visiting coach may not count on Piatti and Corchia due to injury.