Villarreal vs Espanyol Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica

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Villarreal vs Espanyol Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Villarreal took advantage of a poor Deportivo Alaves team by securing a 3-0 win during the weekend. Cedric Bakambu scored with the aid of a heavy deflection in the 32nd minute, but it resulted in the home team crumbling with further goals in the second half. Carlos Bacca and Bakambu managed to score in the space of 10 second-half minutes to give Villarreal a comprehensive win. Espanyol recovered from the heavy loss against rivals Barcelona by beating Celta de Vigo 2-1 at the RCDE Stadium. Gerard Moreno’s 10th minute goal eased the nerves of the home team, while a 24th minute goal from Pablo Piatti put them in a comfortable position. Celta de Vigo did pull one back through Pione Sisto in the second half, but it was not enough to get anything out of the game. Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Villarreal have been able to get four wins in the recent six games against Espanyol at the La Ceramica. Villarreal continue to remain extremely strong at home, and they have played just one home game so far. The Yellow Submarines are on a great run of form after winning the last three. Even though Espanyol secured the first win of the season, their poor head-to-head record against Villarreal provides a hiccup. I would go with a Villarreal win. Cedric Bakambu has three goals in his four games against Espanyol, including a goal in the recent match between these two clubs at the La Ceramica. Since his return from injury, Bakambu has three goals in his last two games. I would go with Bakambu to score anytime in the game.

Villarreal win – 8/11

Cedric Bakambu to score anytime – 7/4

Villarreal saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Villarreal saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Espanyol

Espanyol saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Espanyol saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Villarreal

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Villarreal Form Guide

Villarreal Team Logo

Villarreal

Won

5

Draw

2

Lost

3
L A

21-08-2017

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

25-08-2017

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W H

10-09-2017

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

14-09-2017

Europa League Grp. A

FC Astana Team Logo FC Astana

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

17-09-2017

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

21-09-2017

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

24-09-2017

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 4 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

28-09-2017

Europa League Grp. A

Maccabi Tel Aviv Team Logo Maccabi Tel Aviv

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

01-10-2017

Primera Division

Eibar Team Logo Eibar

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

15-10-2017

Primera Division

Girona Team Logo Girona

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

Espanyol Form Guide

Espanyol Team Logo

Espanyol

Won

2

Draw

4

Lost

4
D A

06-08-2017

Club Friendlies

Hamburger SV Team Logo Hamburger SV

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

10-08-2017

Club Friendlies

SSC Napoli Team Logo SSC Napoli

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

19-08-2017

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

27-08-2017

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

09-09-2017

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 5 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

18-09-2017

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 2 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

21-09-2017

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

24-09-2017

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

01-10-2017

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

13-10-2017

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Villarreal Preview

After a poor start to the season, Villarreal seem to have found the winning formula once again. The club has been able to get three consecutive wins in all competitions. One of the Achilles heels last season was the away form, and Villarreal seem to have put down the demons with a comprehensive win over Deportivo Alaves. This victory was of paramount importance with Villarreal on the road in three out of the next five games in all competitions. Cedric Bakambu’s return to the first team has been key, as the forward has raced to the top of the scoring charts alongside Carlos Bacca. Both players have two goals this season.

Villarreal Team News

Andres Fernandez (cruciate ligament), Adrian Marin (knee), and Mariano Damian Barbosa (head) are the players unavailable for Villarreal.

Espanyol Preview

The heavy loss against Barcelona has been quickly forgotten, as Espanyol were able to get a first win of the season. After having been struggling for form at the start of the campaign, a match at the RCDE Stadium was always the likely candidate to provide Espanyol with their first win. Last season, Espanyol managed a decent return of seven wins in 19 away games. One of the few worries for manager Quique Flores was the lack of several clear-cut opportunities against Celta de Vigo. Pablo Piatti and Gerard Moreno were some of the key players from last season, and they have scored a goal each so far.

Espanyol Team News

Adrian Lopez (meniscus), Javi Lopez (hamstring), and Oscar Gaitan (cruciate ligament) are the injuries for Espanyol.

Villarreal Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

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 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.8

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 vs Espanyol Sidelined Players

Villarreal
1 Sergio Asenjo Injured
13 Andres Fernandez Injured
Espanyol
6 Oscar Duarte Injured
16 Javi Lopez Injured

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
25 GK Mariano Damian Barbosa 188 79
6 CD Victor Ruiz 184 78
3 CD Alvaro Gonzalez 183 75
2 LB Mario Gaspar 182 74
11 RB Jaume Costa 172 62
10 LM Samuel Castillejo 182 67
7 RM Denis Cheryshev 180 74
16 CM Rodrigo Hernandez 190 88
14 CM Manuel Trigueros 178 70
17 CF Cedric Bakambu 183 74
9 CF Carlos Bacca 181 77
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Pau Lopez 189 77
4 LB Victor Sanchez Mata 175 73
15 CD David Lopez 185 80
22 CD Mario Hermoso 181 -
3 RB Aaron Caricol 180 72
25 CM Sergi Darder 180 67
10 LM Jose Manuel Jurado 173 76
18 CM Javi Fuego 181 74
19 RM Pablo Piatti 163 63
11 CF Leo Baptistao 181 71
7 CF Gerard Moreno 180 75