Villareal vs Valencia Europa League Predictions

Europa League Quarter Final Villareal vs Valencia
Villareal vs Valencia Europa League

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One of the most intriguing ties of the Europa League quarter-finals is an all-Spanish affair between two regional rivals as Villarreal, who are in La Liga’s relegation zone, playing host to an in-form Valencia side.

Predictions

Villarreal – who finished fifth in the Spanish top flight last season – are currently in the relegation zone of the league, with just six victories from their 31 league games to date.

Javi Calleja’s side have been plagued by draws this season – drawing 12 in La Liga to date – and are behind 17th-placed Real Valladolid on their head-to-head record.

Valencia have risen to sixth in La Liga but suffered their first defeat in 18 matches in all competitions when they lost 1-0 to relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano in their last outing.

Los Che have knocked out Celtic and Krasnodar to reach this stage of the competition while Villarreal eliminated Sporting CP and Zenit.

The visitors will be favourites to triumph in this clash despite not possessing home advantage, as they hold superior form and quality over Villarreal but a draw is the most likely outcome.

Neither side are clear favourites for this game with both having drawn the majority of their matches this season, so a 1-1 stalemate would appear a likely outcome from it.

1x2 Prediction

Score Prediction

Betting Tips

Valencia have recorded a league-high 16 draws this season while Villarreal are joint third on the list with 12 La Liga draws to their name this campaign. This is likely to be a low-scoring, cagey affair with both sides preferring a restrained style of football. This is among the best online betting odds for this round of action, with the two likely to cancel each other out. Royal Panda price the draw at 9/4.

Linked into the previous bet, this is an attractive proposal due to recent results. 23 goals have flown in across Villarreal’s last five games and they have kept just one clean sheet across their last 10 matches. 888Sport price it at 17/5.

Statistics

Head to Head

Valencia won 3-0 at the Mestalla in the last meeting between the sides back in January, while the clash at the Ceramica this campaign finished scoreless. However, the Yellow Submarine had been victorious in the fixture in each of the previous three games prior to this season.

Stats

  • Valencia (16) have drawn more La Liga games than any other side this campaign.
  • Villarreal have won just three of their 16 home games in La Liga this season, collecting 16 points in the process – the fourth worst record in the division.
  • Valencia have won four of their 15 away matches in La Liga this campaign, accumulating 21 points which is the sixth best record in the league.
  • Valencia last won the competition – then named the UEFA Cup – in 2004 while Villarreal reached the semi-final stage of the competition (then managed by now-Valencia boss Marcelino) in 2016.
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