Valencia and Villarreal will kick off the La Liga weekend with a Friday night clash at the Mestalla. Los Che remain an incredibly poor side in the league and are struggling mightily to remain in the Spanish top flight. They are five points above the relegation zone and need to get points versus Villarreal to remain in La Liga for 2021-22.
Villarreal are seventh in the league and are winless in their last six games in the competition. They are coming off of a 2-0 home loss to Atletico Madrid last weekend. Eleven points now separate Unai Emery’s team from the top four. Emery’s team are struggling as well and their woes look very similar to the ones that Arsenal did under the manager.
The Yellow Submarine claimed a 2-1 win at the Estadio de la Cermica in October. Paco Alcacer scored from the penalty spot in the sixth minute. Goncalo Guedes levelled the scoreline in the 37th minute for Valencia. Former Valencia player Dani Parejo gave Villarreal the victory in the 69th minute with a goal to down his old team.
Valencia have won just two of their last six games in La Liga. Villarreal have not won any of their last six fixtures. Which team will end their terrible run of form with a victory?
Valencia vs Villarreal Betting Odds
Valencia took seven points from the last 18 available in La Liga. They scored a mere five goals in those six matches while conceding nine times to opponents. Leading sportsbooks have Los Che at odds of 3/1 to win at full-time versus Villarreal. Reports on Tuesday indicated that Javi Gracia could be sacked if Valencia fall this weekend against Villarreal.
The good news for Valenica and their manager is the team’s form at the Mestalla. Los Che are unbeaten in four straight home matches with back-to-back games ending in victories against Elche and Celta Vigo. They outscored those opponents 3-0.
Villarreal are favourite to win the game according to leading sportsbooks at odds of 7/6. Emery’s team took a mere four points from their last 18 on offer. Just five goals were scored by the Yellow Submarine during that timeframe.
The home team have got result in each of the last six games between Valencia and Villarreal in La Liga. Five of those six games were won by the home side. Villarreal have drawn three straight games in La Liga. Sportsbooks have the clubs at odds of 7/3 to finish in a draw.
Valencia vs Villarreal Team News
Valencia manager Gracia has just one player suffering from an injury and that is Denis Cheryshev. The midfielder could be fit for the Friday night fixture at the Mestalla. After Valencia’s 3-0 loss to Getafe away last weekend, former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista broke down in tears during an on-field interview. The defender was emotional over the team’s form. Valencia won the Copa del Rey just two seasons ago and played in the Champions League. Their fall has been incredible and part of the reason was the sacking of former coach Marcelino, who is now coaching Athletic Bilbao.
Emery has three players on the Villarreal injury list heading into the fixture. Midfielder Francis Coquelin and defender Mario Gaspar. Both are expected back in the early part of this month and one, or both, could make the squad for the fixture. Coquelin has an ankle injury while Gaspar is recovering from a muscle strain. Midfielder Vincente Iborra is ruled out thanks to an ACL injury.
Villarreal’s form in the league has dipped just as their Europa League return came with back-to-back wins in the last 32 versus Red Bull Salzburg. The Yellow Submarine will face off with Ukraine’s Dynamo Kyiv in the last 16. Emery could put all of his eggs in the Europa League basket just as he did at Arsenal.
Valencia vs Villarreal Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 6/7 - BET NOW
Four of the last six matches in all competitions between Valencia and Villarreal finished with both teams scoring goals. These sides combined for three goals in the reverse fixture at the Estadio de la Cermica. Villarreal pulled out a 2-1 win. Valencia scored goals in each of their last four home games and certainly play better football at the Mestalla than on the road. Villarreal’s last five matches in La Liga ended with them conceding goals.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/10 - BET NOW
Two of Valencia’s last six matches in the league finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. Two of Villarreal’s last five games in La Liga ended with over 2.5 goals. Five of the teams’ last seven games in all competitions ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. Los Che concede an average of 1.4 goals per game. Villarreal average 1.3 goals scored in La Liga.
Maxi Gomez to score anytime @ 9/4 - BET NOW
Maxi Gomez has tallied five goals in 22 matches for Valencia in 2020-21. Gomez is co-leader in goals scored for Valencia. He is in a goalscoring drought and is now eight games without a goal. Valencia need the striker to improve quickly to gain points to move away from the relegation zone. Gomez is likely to play all 90 minutes and has the chance to get on the scoresheet. He averages a goal every 4.3 games for Valencia.
Although Valencia’s form has been poor this season overall, they are playing well at Mestalla. They have taken 17 points from 36 possible at Mestalla, which doesn’t sound great, but recent results have been good. Los Che are unbeaten in four straight games, winning two straight matches at Mestalla. Their last two victories versus Elche and Celta Vigo were both wins to nil.
Villarreal will be a more difficult opponent than either Elche or Celta Vigo were at Mestalla. Still, Gracia could lead Valencia to a result. Just five points separate Valencia from 18th-placed Alaves. They desperately need points to secure their La Liga place for next season.
Valencia vs Villarreal Tips
Here are our Valencia vs Villarreal betting tips for Friday's La Liga match at the Mestalla.
1. Both teams to score: YES @ 6/7
2. Over 2.5 goals scored @ 11/10
3. Maxi Gomez to score anytime @ 9/4
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