Villareal made a great game last round away at Levante. It is true they played against 10 for about 80 minutes, but we have to realize they made this numerical advantage happen.
Both forwards Uche and Jonathan are fast and opponents have huge problems in keeping up with them. Midfielders often create surprising tunnels for them using through balls. This is in fact Villareal’s major strength and reminds me of the days Villareal used to play in Champions League.
Only good news for Villareal as they will welcome back defender Costa after he was suspended last round.
Malaga went from playing in Champions League to fighting for survival. It was of course bound to happen seeing the money stopped flowing in. Most important players left but mind set never changed. Malaga never really adapted to their new status of average team. This means they are unable to sit back and defend and only strike on counters.
Just like in the good days Malaga often tries to build actions on all areas of the field, to keep possession and dominate. But they just don’t have enough value for such a playing style that implies leaving many open spaces. Barely a round goes by in which Malaga keeps a clean sheet.
Forward Portillo will miss this game through suspension.
Home side has all weapons to win against a team that never takes any precaution measures.
Price on Villareal to win is great. But we can take it bit further and bet Villareal -1 (with money back if they win only by 1) at 20/21 from Bet365
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