Villarreal did a really great job to hold Real Madrid to a draw at home in their mid-week match but they need to improve. They have not been very bad lately but I can’t say the same for their season overall. They will now have a tough task on Sunday, as they will be hosted by a really competitive Eibar side. Eibar are usually really good at home and this should be a tricky match for both teams.
Date/Time: 1-6-2019, 06:00 EST
Spread: Eibar -0.25
Total: 2.5 Goals
Eibar (5-6-6) played a really upsetting match right before the winter break, on the road against Betis. Their opponents took an early lead in that match but Villarreal were actually the better team throughout the whole match. They did pull even at the 72nd minute when Orellana scored from the penalty spot but the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw. That was the fourth consecutive draw for Eibar, with all four matches featuring goals from both sides. The Basque team are now sitting at the 13th spot of the league table with 21 points, just as many as Valladolid and Celta. All three teams are five points ahead of Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao, Rayo Vallecano and the relegation zone. Eibar have been really hard to beat at home (4-2-3), where they are undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions (2-0-4). But they have kept just a single clean sheet in that span, and just two overall in the season.
On the other hand, Villarreal (3-7-7) are coming off a really hard-fought draw at home against Real Madrid. It was a pretty balanced first half in terms of scoring chances, and Cazorla took the lead at just the 4th minute. But their joy didn’t last long, as Real Madrid pulled even just three minutes later and overturned the lead in their favor at the 20th minute. Villarreal were not as good in the second half but managed to pull even themselves at the 82nd minute with Cazorla scored a rare header for the final 2-2. Villarreal might have struggled a lot during the season but have now lost just once in their last five matches in all competitions (2-1-2). Even so, they are still stuck at the 17th spot of the league table with 16 points, just as many as Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano who are both below the red line. Villarreal have been mediocre at best in their away matches this season (2-3-3), where they also have four more draws in other competitions. Moreover, they are win-less in their last nine away matches in all competitions (0-3-6).
Eibar won in this venue by a slim 0-1 last season but had lost by a harsh 0-3 on the road in the first round. They have the upper hand in this match-up over the years (5-3-2), with seven of those matches featuring goals from both sides.
Eibar have also been great as hosts (3-1-1), with four of those matches featuring goals from both sides. Both teams are looking to find some stability and some points that will push them further away from the relegation zone. This could be a high-scoring match considering the attacking nature of both teams, but I will have to give it to the home team to cover the spread here.
La Liga Eibar vs Villarreal Prediction: Eibar -0.25 (-112)