Sporting – Villarreal Prediction & Picks (14.02.2019)

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Sporting Lisboa and Villarreal meet at Estádio José Alvalade, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals). There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 26-07-2016, which ended with the victory of Villarreal by (4-3), in the shoot-off on penalties.

Sporting Lisboa:

The home team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 2nd place won in Group E, with a total of 13 points. In the last match they played, for the Primeira Liga, they beat Feirense by (1-3). In the last 10 home matches Sporting Lisboa has won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 3 of the 8 games in which he suffered the first goal.

Sporting Lisbon arrived at this game motivated, after a triumph, by 1-3, in the displacement to the Feirense field: the goals of the team were marked by Bruno Fernandes (2) and Briseño. We highlight that Group E of the group stage of the Europa League in the second position. One of the best valences of the local training is the ease with which they manage to take advantage of spaces to apply the counterattack: Raphinha is one of the fastest players of this team. On an individual level we highlight Bruno Fernandes, being this the best score of Sporting Lisbon, with 20 goals scored. Out of this game through injury continue Battaglia, Mathieu and Nani.

Villarreal:

The visiting team got access to this phase of the UEFA Europa League (16th Finals) after the 1st place conquered in Group G, with a total of 10 points. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Real Valladolid by (0-0). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Villarreal drew 7 and lost 3. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 8 times and never got the comeback. In the last 17 home matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they have scored 7 of their 17 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘); He suffered 10 of his 23 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).

Villarreal enters this duel with a draw, by 0-0, in the move to Valladolid, adding in this way the tenth game followed without winning official competitions. In spite of the difficulties felt, the visitors managed to conquer the 1st position of Group G, with 10 points conquered. The foreign team usually acts in a traditional 3-5-2, favoring fast transitions, with the three arrows aimed at the rival goal Moreno and Toko Ekambi. It should be noted that Pablo Fornals is responsible for leading the offensive attacks of his team. Coach Javier Calleja can not count on the injured Manuel Trigueros.


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