Prediction and odds for the game: Villarreal (7/4) v Sevilla (8/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 23/10
When: Monday, 22nd June 2020, Kick-off 18:30
Where: The Estadio de la Ceramica
On Monday evening, Villarreal host Sevilla at the Estadio de La Ceramica, in a potentially vital game in the Spanish top-flight.
The Yellow Submarine are in the fight for the European spots after a good recent run of form. A run of three straight 1-0 wins over Celta Vigo, Mallorca and Granada moved Javi Calleja’s team level on points with Real Sociedad, who occupy the last European qualification berth. However, La Real could move back into the top five and back into the race for the Champions League spots.
Villarreal needed the change of fortunes, as before the wins the home team had suffered three straight defeats in the Spanish top-flight. Their recent games in La Liga have been tight affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in four of the last five matches.
Calleja’s team has a strong recent record on home soil in La Liga, winning three of their last four matches. However, a record of four wins from their previous nine home games suggests that they can be slightly inconsistent on home soil.
Villarreal have a good recent record against Sevilla, as they are unbeaten in the last four meetings with the Andalusians, having lost just one of their last seven encounters.
Julen Lopetegui’s team are now in a major battle to secure a top-four this season. At the weekend, the visitors slipped to fourth-place in the table after a 0-0 draw with league leaders Barcelona at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
The draw means that the Andalusian’s are unbeaten in their last seven matches in the Spanish top-flight. However, they have drawn three of their last four games in La Liga, which has slightly hindered their chances of sealing a Champions League spot.
Despite the recent run of draws, Sevilla are still four points clear of fifth-place Getafe, whose form has dipped slightly of late. A victory in this clash would consolidate Sevilla’s top-four spot.
The visitors recent away form has been highly inconsistent, as although they are unbeaten in three matches on their league travels, they have also won just once in their previous five away games. Their recent away games have certainly been entertaining, with over 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five matches on their travels.
Both team’s head into this clash in decent form and have plenty left to play for this season. We are backing the draw, as when it comes down to it there is not much between these two. We are also backing under 2.5 goals scored, as we believe this could be a relatively tight encounter, much like most of the home sides matches of late.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds 23/10 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 10/11. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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