After a good run in the Champion’s League, Valencia will return to the Lal Liga as they host struggling side Villareal at the Mestalla Stadium. The match is scheduled for 30th November, with kickoff at 23:00 GMT.
Valencia are currently 10th on the La Liga table with a total goal tally of 20. They are tied with Levante on points but separated with a goal difference of 1. Coach Albert Celades has been struggling to maintain form with only 2 wins in their past 6 matches.
Villareal are 12th on the La Liga with 18 points from 14 games. Villareal have scored 26 goals in a total of 23 appearances pushing them second to Barcelona despite being 12th. They have an average scoring ratio of 2 goals in a game which places them in contention at the top.
The resurgence of Santi Cazorla and Gerrald Moreno has really helped the side score but the defense has been in shambles. Manager Javier Calleja has been under enormous pressure from fans and management.
With both sides struggling to regain their La Liga form, it will be good to see whether both sides can use this clash to bounce back. Who will rank supreme?
Valencia vs. Villareal Head to Head
Both ream have played 33 games together, with Valencia managing to pull of 12 wins with Villareal managing to pull of 14 wins. Both sides have ended 7 games in a draw. Here is a look at 8 of their past encounters:
Valencia 2-0 Villareal
Villareal 1-3 Valencia
Valencia 3-0 Villareal
Villareal 0-0 Valencia
Villareal 1-0 Valencia
Valencia 0-1 Villareal
Valencia 1-3 Villareal
Villareal 0-2 Valencia
Valencia Team News
Coach Albert Celades will suffer an injury woes with 8 players out with injuries. These includes Cristiano Piccini (fractured kneecap), Goncalo Guedes (sprained ankle), Francis Coquelin (muscle injury), Denis Cherysev (pelvis injury), Geoffrey Kondogbia (hamstring injury), Mouctar Diakhaby (calf injury), Ruben Sobrino (leg injury) and Ezekiel Gary (muscle injury).
Villareal Team News
Super Eagles winger ended his La liga goal drought despite the 3-1 defeat to Celta Vigo. Liverpool signing Alberto Moreno still faces a muscle injury which has ruled him out of 4 games. To add to the injury list is defensive midfielder Bruno Sariano is out with a leg injury.
Prediction and Odds
Vilalreal have a high scoring goal ration with 2 goals in a game. However, the defense is still in trouble with inconsistency. Valencia have managed to register only two wins in their past 6 matches.
Goals under 2.5