Two teams that are coming off mid-week wins on foreign soil in the Europa League will clash on Sunday. This time it’s for the 24th round of the La Liga, and it is Villarreal who will host Sevilla. Both teams had extremely hard match-up against Sporting Lisbon and Lazio respectively. But they both did a great job and secured valuable away wins ahead of the second leg at home.
Date/Time: 2-17-2019, 12:30 EST
Spread: Villarreal +0.0
Total: 2.5 Goals
Villarreal (3-9-11) are not having the best of seasons in the La Liga so far and might actually be relegated this season. They have invested too much into making a deep run in the Europa League and it is working. They reached all the way to the round of 32 and now made a huge step towards the next round. An early goal against Sporting Lisbon secured a 1-0 win and Villarreal have not been in bad shape actually. They have lost (and won) just once in their last five (1-1-3). Even so, they are currently sitting at the 19th spot of the league table with 20 points, already four below the red line. They have struggled all over the place and have won just once at home so far (1-5-6).
Sevilla (10-6-7) also took an early lead in their away match against Lazio. Both teams had their fair share of scoring chances but they both struggled to get shots on target. Sevilla got a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at home. And they also returned to winning ways after a three-match win-less streak (0-2-1). Sevilla are sitting at the 4th spot of the league table with 37 points. They are just one ahead of Getafe and eight behind Real Madrid. Sevilla have been mediocre on the road so far (3-5-4), scoring 18 goals and conceding 17 in the process. They have struggled lately, losing four of their last five away matches and scoring just once. But Sevilla also made a deep run in the Copa del Rey, just like Villarreal.
The two teams split the points in a goal-less draw in Sevilla earlier in the season. That was actually the fourth draw in the last five between the two, with Sevilla winning the other match. They have also been solid in this venue lately, losing just once in the last eight (4-1-3).
Both teams are coming off great performances in the Europa League but they might be carrying some fatigue. That could lead to a low-scoring match but I will not go there. I will go with Villarreal to cover the spread, as they are desperate right now. Failing to win here would make their work really hard.
La Liga Villarreal vs Sevilla Prediction: Villarreal +0.0 (-113)
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