Sporting Gijon vs Villarreal Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

Referee: Inaki Vicandi

Kick Off: 12:00 Hrs

Venue: Estadio El Molinon


Sat 17th Dec 2016

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Sporting Gijon vs Villarreal Match Prediction

By Darren Colebrook

This will be a match between two teams with contrasting fortunes. Sporting Gijon have suffered four defeats in the last five games while Villarreal are unbeaten in the last four matches. Fresh from a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid, Villarreal will be in a buoyant mood while making the trip to the El Molinón. A late goal from Roberto Soriano was the icing on the cake against Atletico after Trigueros and Jonathan dos Santos had scored in the space of 10 minutes. Sporting Gijon suffered a narrow 2-1 loss against Espanyol with the late goal from Duje Čop only being a consolation. Here we have our full match preview with all the very best predictions, betting tips and match stats.  


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Sporting Gijon Preview

Sporting Gijon were unable to build on the 3-1 win over Osasuna on December 4, as they lost to Espanyol last weekend. The club had to wait a long time – almost 3 months – in order to get their third league win of the season. The loss against Espanyol is a major dent to the confidence. However, returning to the home comfort will offer them some hope of getting a positive result against Villarreal with all three league wins coming at the El Molinón.

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Villarreal Preview

Villarreal jumped into fourth spot after a majestic 4-0 win over the 2013-14 champions, Atletico Madrid. The victory helped end a run of three league matches without a win. The El Madrigal has been a fortress this season, but Villarreal have taken just seven points out of a possible 21 on the road. This poor form has largely been down to their inability to score goals; Villarreal have scored 12 goals in the last five home matches compared to just two in the last five away games. The only consolation is that Villarreal are unbeaten in the last four games across all competitions.

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Sporting Gijon Team News

Alberto Ramos Lora is back in training after recovering from a groin injury. Lillo Castellano (knee), Dani Ndi (hamstring), and Carlos Castro (ankle) could be unavailable for the game.

Villarreal Team News

Mateo Pablo Musacchio (hamstring) and Roberto Soldado (cruciate ligament) are the long term injury absentees. Bojan Jokic (toe), Denis Cheryshev (leg), Samuel Castillejo (hamstring) could be the other casualties.

Betting Tips and Predictions

If Sporting Gijon are going to win any game at the moment, it is likely to be at home. Home comforts have so far provided their three wins this season, but Abelardo Fernandez’ team cannot be backed on Saturday on this factor alone.

Villarreal have been extremely poor on the road this season. Despite being rather poor on their travels, the team has had four draws. Even if they fail to beat Sporting Gijon, there is a good probability of the team coming away with a fourth draw in six games.

Scoring on the road has been a big problem for Villarreal, and I would recommend considering a small stake on backing the away team to score under 1.5 goals. A draw seems a likely result with the contrasting status of the both teams. My top betting tip would be to back a low scoring draw, which should not be the end of the world for both teams.

Draw and less than 2.5 goals – 15/4

Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Ivan Cuellar 185 75
2 LB Douglas 171 67
3 CD Jean-Sylvain Babin 182 84
5 CD Fernando Amorebieta 190 77
4 CD Jorge Mere 182 77
18 RB Isma Lopez 180 76
19 LM Carlos Carmona 177 71
6 CM Sergio Alvarez 180 65
8 CM Rachid Ait-Atmane 190 76
23 RM Moi Gomez 174 65
24 CF Duje Cop 184 73
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Sergio Asenjo 189 87
2 LB Mario Gaspar 182 74
6 CD Victor Ruiz 184 78
12 CD Alvaro Gonzalez 183 75
11 RB Jaume Costa 172 62
8 LM Jonathan dos Santos 172 68
14 CM Manuel Trigueros 178 70
21 CM Bruno Soriano 184 73
20 RM Roberto Soriano 181 76
10 CF Alexandre Pato 179 72
18 CF Nicola Sansone 175 68