Valencia – Villarreal Prediction & Picks (18.04.2019)

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Valencia – Villarreal SOCCER PICKS

Valencia and Villarreal face each other in the Mestalla Stadium, in a return match of this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Quarter-finals), after in the first leg Valencia won by (1-3). The record of direct confrontations in this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 5 matches won 3, drew 1 and lost 1. But the last time they met in this stadium was on 01-21-2019, for the First Division, which ended with the victory of Valencia by (3-0). M. Diakhaby (4 ‘), D. Cheryshev (51’) and Rodrigo (86 ‘) scored the goals of Valencia. Attention to the home factor, since Valencia usually conquer different results at home and abroad.

Valencia:

The home team comes to this second leg with a 2-goal advantage, after the away win by (1-3) in the first leg. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 11 victories and 4 draws in his stadium. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they beat Levante at home by (3-1). In the last 10 home matches Valencia has 7 wins and 3 draws.

For this competition, he does not lose 5 games. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 5 matches for this competition.

Valencia arrives in this match with a 3-1 victory in the Levante reception, in a game for the Spanish championship. It should be noted that the locals won Villarreal, 1-3, in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa League. In this home game coach Marcelino Toral must line up in the usual tactical system, that is, in 4-4-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks, especially through the flanks: Dani Parejo is one of the Valencia’s most important players, as it is one of the main organizers of the offensive process. It should be noted that the Gonçalo Guedes end is the best score of the team in this competition, with 3 goals scored. For this game the local coach can not count on Kondogbia and Piccini, both due to injury.

Villarreal:

After the defeat at home, the visiting team comes to this second leg with a dismay of 2 goals and with the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 15 goals scored and 20 conceded; against 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses at their stadium, with 35 goals scored and 24 suffered. In the last match they played, for the First Division, they beat Girona out by (0-1). In the last 5 away matches for the UEFA Europa League Villarreal has 2 wins and 3 draws.

For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 5 away matches. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 12 of their 31 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).

Villarreal reach this game with a triumph, by 0-1, in the displacement to Girona, returning to the victories after four official matches without victory. It is important to underline that the visiting club has a very difficult mission to move on to the next phase of the Europa League, as they lost at home by 1-3. In this second game, coach Javier Calleja must maintain the usual 4-2-3-1, benefiting a medium or low block and counterattacks, exploring the best way to space the opponent’s back. It should be noted that striker Gerard Moreno is the best score of Villarreal, with 4 goals scored. For this game the foreign trainer can not count on Jaume Costa, Javi Fuego and Bonera, all due to injury.


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