Villarreal vs Espanyol predictions and betting tips on April 27, 2023
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On April 27, Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal) will host the match of the 31st round of the La Liga, in which Villarreal will compete with Espanyol. The battle will start at 19:30 CET.
The club could not keep Unai Emery. The mentor who won the Europa League and who brought “the Yellow Submarine” to the semi-finals of the Champions League in the previous season went to England to succeed with Aston Villa. His successor, Quique Setien, had been obliged to take the position, already “on the go” of the season. He copes with the set tasks well, at least in the Primera, although, speaking about the Conference League, the experienced Spanish club was expected to do more than the 1/8 final stage – the team was defeated by Anderlecht. Nevertheless, “the Submariners” have given out a powerful series in the championship since the end of the winter. There were 5 victories in 6 matches and a draw in the battle against Betis, and only then it unexpectedly lost a home struggle with Valladolid. Taking into account the higher mentioned result, a 1-2 score in the match with Sevilla is not a surprise. As a result, there is no real chance for the 4th place.
The team became a hostage to the management failure. When leading the ambitious project, it clearly made a lot of mistakes, deciding to believe in the ex-coach of Granada, Diego Martinez Perez, in the previous summer. Moreover, it was waiting patiently for the progress of “the Parrots” under the rule of this specialist for too long, although little was achieved at the very beginning of his work. The mentor was fired only in April, when there happened the 4th defeat in a row. He was replaced by Luis Garcia Fernandez, who started no better than his predecessor. The debut match brought a home 1-2 score with Athletic, and the Catalan club scored its only goal in the 90th minute of the game. Then there was a 1-3 defeat made by Betis – there was no single opportunity for the success. Only the battle against Cadiz brought a draw, but a 0-0 result still leaves the team in the penultimate place – only hopeless Elche is lower in the standings.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Espanyol has got only 1 victory out of 6 previous head-to-head matches. Villarreal has got 3 wins, including both matches of the last calendar year.
Bookmakers do not expect the guests, who have not come out of the crisis, to take points. Thus, it is reasonable to bet on Villarreal with “a -1 goal handicap” (odd: 2.0).
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