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Elche vs Villarreal Prediction & Match Preview

 

Elche vs Villarreal Prediction & Match Preview

Elche vs Villarreal
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 6 February 2021
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero (Elche).

Elche and Villarreal square off against each other at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in the La Liga round 22. 

Los Franjiverdes do not seem to be at their sharpest at the moment, with the team failing the previous four league fixtures. 

Considering that Elche have been struggling in front of goal of late, we do not believe that home win should be considered. 

Ivan Marcone is banned for the hosts, while Fidel remains in the recovery room.

The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, aim to return to winning ways in the Spanish top flight. 

Villarreal are eager to keep their Champions League hopes alive, and they should take advantage of Elche’s poor form. 

Even though Foyth, Chukwueze, Moreno, Gaspar, and Iborra are sidelined with injuries, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Villarreal, who are more of a team than Elche.

Elche vs Villarreal Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Elche Villarreal played so far 10 matches.
Elche won 2 direct matches. Villarreal won 3 matches. 5 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.10 goals per Match.

Elche vs Villarreal Prediction

Elche in actual season average scored 0.88 goals per match. In 9 (75.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (33.33%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Villarreal average scored 1.86 goals per match in season 2021. In 13 (68.42%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (42.11%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Elche will be missing three key players through suspension this weekend, with Gonzalo Verdu, Tete Morente and Antonio Barragan all unavailable due to the bookings that they picked up against Valencia last time out.

Gerard Barri and Fidel are still on the sidelines through injury, meanwhile, meaning that the home side will be far from at full strength against the Yellow Submarine.

Dani Calvo and Josema Sanchez could earn staring roles at the back, while Morente's absence is likely to see Pere Milla feature in the final third of the field.

As for Villarreal, Samuel Chukwueze, Mario Gaspar and Vicente Iborra will be unavailable for selection, but Gerard Moreno and Ruben Pena are in contention to at least be on the bench.

Paco Alcacer could again lead the line with support from Manu Trigueros and Moi Gomez in the wide areas, although Carlos Bacca is also an option to feature at the tip of the attack.

The fact that Emery picked a strong side against Levante in the Copa del Rey and still lost will be a major disappointment, but the manager is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack.

Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Calvo, Gonzalez, Josema; Josan, Guti, Marcone, Mojica; Rigoni, Boye, Milla

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Asenjo; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin; Trigueros, Alcacer, M Gomez


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