Primera Division | Villarreal-Malaga
Kick Off: 11:00 Hrs
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica
Sun 12th Feb 2017
Villarreal vs Malaga Match Prediction
Villarreal’s disappointing run in the league continued after a goalless draw with Sevilla. Even though it was a game against one of the title contenders, the Yellow Submarines would be disappointed not to build on the win over Granada in the previous game. Samir Nasri missed a penalty for Sevilla in the 49th minute. Despite some good football, Malaga’s slide down the table continued after a 1-0 loss against Espanyol. Pablo Piatti’s 17th minute goal was sufficient to inflict a fourth defeat in five league matches.
Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.
Villarreal’s challenge for the top four places was built upon by an impressive home form, but it has suffered in the last few games. The team has managed only two home wins in the last five games with one of them coming against relegation threatened Granada. Defending continues to be the team’s major strength after having conceded the least number of goals (14) in the La Liga this season. On the contrary, Villarreal have also scored the least number of goals (28) among teams in the top six. Any more dropped points may lower Villarreal’s position to a La Liga top six contender.
Malaga’s last win in the league came towards the end of November. Even after the appointment of Marcela Romero, results have not improved. The 40-year-old has taken just one point from his five games as the Malaga manager. The club have to thank their home form for having avoided a relegation battle so far this season. All of the club’s five league victories have come at the La Rosaleda with the team taking only five points from the away games this season. Top scorer Sandro Ramirez’ has seven goals so far, but his form has declined of late with only two goals in the last six games.
Villarreal Team News
Nicola Sansone (calf) and Manuel Trigueros are doubtful for the game.
Malaga Team News
Zdravko Kuzmanovic (Achilles tendon) and Recio (broken arm) are the confirmed absentees from the game. Robson Weligton (meniscus), Sandro (hamstring), Luis Munoz (sprained ankle), Juan Carlos (hip), and Federico Ricca (calf) are the players doubtful for the game.
Betting Tips and Predictions
Malaga have an extremely poor record on their visits to the El Madrigal. Their last victory at this ground was back in 2009. In the last six games, Villarreal have emerged successful on four occasions, despite Malaga remaining competitive. The away team has failed to score only once in the last six visits to the El Madrigal. Despite Villarreal’s struggles in recent games, I would back the Yellow Submarines to claim a win.
Even though Villarreal possess the best defensive record in the league, Malaga have a knack of scoring in the away games. The team has failed to score only once in the last seven away matches. I see a lot of value in backing both teams to score.
Villarreal to win – 4/5
Both teams to score – 10/11
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