Villareal’s downtrend was extremely visible last round away at Granada (lost 2-0). They failed to find concrete solutions to open up a mediocre defense. Offensive players seem to be in a creative standstill and rely on chance more than ever.
Maybe the pressure of fighting for an European position began to mount and they got overwhelmed. Meanwhile in defense it’s been 7 rounds since they managed to keep a clean sheet.
Villareal really need another break to find themselves, but unfortunately for them Spanish league will go on uninterrupted until the end of the season. Their decline will also continue until players will stop seeing football only as a job and will play for pleasure as well. Creativity will flourish again then.
Opponents Bilbao were engaged in a balanced game last round away at Valencia (finished 1-1). Just like in most games this season, Bilbao were once again confident and lucid both in defense and offense.
They never neglect the defensive phase and whenever they build actions they corner opponents leaving them very few choices.
Both sides will be able to use the same teams as last week as there are no new reports on injuries.
Bilbao are in a better moment, not only because of confidence but also because of the direct and efficient playing style. The low odds for the home win can’t be justified in any way. The value lies on Bilbao double chance at 8/13 from Paddy Power .
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