Espanyol vs Villarreal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Venue: RCDE Stadium

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Espanyol vs Villarreal Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Espanyol went five league matches without a win after a 2-2 draw with Celta de Vigo at the Balaidos. Leo Baptistao ran clear at goal and put the visitors in front with a 10th minute goal. Maxi Gomez scored in either half to get Celta de Vigo in front, but Gerard Moreno’s brilliant long-range effort in the 87th minute levelled the scores. Villarreal lost for a second consecutive league match, Deportivo Alaves picked up a 2-1 win at the La Ceramica. Goals from Rodrigo Ely and Ibai Gomez gave Alaves a comfortable lead before Carlos Bacca pulled one back in the 77th minute. The Europa League brought more misery for Villarreal, as the team lost 3-1 against Lyon in the first leg.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Villarreal have been going through a terrible patch of form and the club needs to recover quickly in order to avoid dropping down the table. Espanyol have been unable to beat the Yellow Submarines in the last five attempts. Villarreal have ended up drawing games in four out of the last six visits to the RCDE Stadium. I would back another draw in the game. Gerard Moreno has been in excellent form and the goal against Celta de Vigo took him into double figures for the La Liga camapaign. However, he has scored only once in five games against Villarreal. The poor defensive form shown by the Yellow Submarines does present him with a great opportunity to improve on this record. I would back Gerard Moreno to score anytime.

Draw – 9/4

Gerard Moreno to score anytime – 15/8

Espanyol saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Villarreal

Villarreal saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Villarreal saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Espanyol

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Espanyol Form Guide

Espanyol Team Logo

Espanyol

Won

4

Draw

2

Lost

4
L A

17-03-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

08-04-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Eibar Team Logo Eibar

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

22-04-2018

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Las Palmas Team Logo Las Palmas

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Atletico Madrid Team Logo Atletico Madrid

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W A

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

Villarreal Form Guide

Villarreal Team Logo

Villarreal

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
W H

18-03-2018

Primera Division

Atletico Madrid Team Logo Atletico Madrid

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

01-04-2018

Primera Division

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

09-04-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

17-04-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

W H

05-05-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

09-05-2018

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 5 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 4

(HT 0 - 3)

D H

19-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

Espanyol Preview

After having struggled with a consistent run throughout the campaign, it is not actually a huge surprise to see Espanyol go without a win in the last five La Liga matches. As a result, the club find themselves just eight points above the drop zone. At the same time, Espanyol only need five points in order to reach the top 10 places. The absence of any distractions between now and the end of the campaign could help Espanyol, who have been struggling at the back with no clean sheets in the last five games. Gerard Moreno is now up to double figures for the campaign after scoring his 10th league goal against Celta de Vigo.

Espanyol Team News

Espanyol come into the game with a fully fit squad available for manager Quique Flores.

Villarreal Preview

Villarreal’s slump of form is quite alarming, as the club are now in serious danger of giving up the top four race. Real Madrid have been able to open up a five-point advantage whilst still having a game in hand. The poor form shown by the Yellow Submarines has also allowed Sevilla to close the gap to just one point. Teams like Eibar and Real Betis are also threatening to stake a claim for the Europa League places. Carlos Bacca leads the scoring charts at Villarreal with eight goals.

Villarreal Team News

Ruben Semedo (muscle), Bruno Soriano (leg), Nicola Sansone (calf), and Anders Fernandez (cruciate ligament) are the players unavailable for manager Javier Calleja.

Espanyol Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Villarreal Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Espanyol vs Villarreal Sidelined Players

Espanyol
Villarreal
13 Andres Fernandez Injured
21 Bruno Soriano Injured
4 Ruben Semedo Injured
18 Nicola Sansone Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK Diego Lopez 196 88
5 CD Naldo 188 86
15 CD David Lopez 185 80
4 LB Victor Sanchez Mata 175 73
3 RB Aaron Caricol 180 72
11 LM Leo Baptistao 181 71
25 CM Sergi Darder 180 67
8 CM Carlos Sanchez 182 82
23 RM Esteban Granero 180 77
7 CF Gerard Moreno 180 75
9 CF Sergio Garcia 175 72
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Sergio Asenjo 189 87
2 LB Mario Gaspar 182 74
3 CD Alvaro Gonzalez 183 75
6 CD Victor Ruiz 184 78
22 RB Antonio Rukavina 177 71
19 CDM Javi Fuego 181 74
16 CDM Rodri 190 88
28 CM Daniel Raba - -
8 CM Pablo Fornals 178 67
7 CM Denis Cheryshev 173 68
15 CF Enes Unal 185 75