Villarreal is in a solid position to book their place in the Europa League next term, but they must finish in the 5th or 6th place to go directly to the group stage instead of playing qualifying round. With the game in hand, the Yellow Submarine has an excellent chance to achieve that, but they cannot afford to lose this game. On the other hand, Celta is chasing European football and their chances increased thanks to Barcelona who won Copa del Rey and one place for the UEL in LaLiga opened, so they are hoping to get to the 7th position. The game will take place at Estadio de la Cerámica on Saturday, April 28th.
Villarreal vs. Celta Vigo
Three-Way: 1 Villarreal -139; X: +275 Draw; 2: Celta +400 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread -0.5: Villarreal -143; Celta +110
Total 2.5 goals: Over -122; Under +102
The Yellow Submarine bounce back from a three-game winless run with a 2-1 home victory over Leganes and responded well to a 2-2 draw at Sevilla when they dropped a 2-0 lead late in the tilt. Villarreal dominated the clash with Leganes and got to a 2-0 lead through Victor Ruiz and Carlos Bacca, while the visitors softened the defeat thanks to Darko Brasanac’s goal with eight minutes remaining. Javier Calleja’s side is currently in the 6th place with 51 points, five behind Betis but with a game in hand, while they are three points ahead of Sevilla and Getafe.
Villarreal played 45 games so far in the 2017/18, recording 20 victories, eight draws, and 17 losses, with a goal difference of 61:53, which is 2.53 goals per contest on average. The Yellow Submarine is in a hot and cold form at home as they won just three out of the previous seven matches at Estadio de la Cerámica, scoring seven goals in the process and allowing ten in return.
Carlos Bacca is the team’s top scorer with 15 goals in 39 appearances and he is way ahead of Enes Unal and Nicola Sansone who scored five goals apiece. Pablo Fornals is the best assist-maker with nine dishes; Samu Castillejo added eight, while Bacca chipped in with six assists. Javier Calleja cannot count on Daniele Bonera (hamstring) and Bruno Soriano (leg), but the rest of the squad is healthy and raring to go.
The Sky Blues are still in the contention for the Europa League despite failing to win in the previous three games, but a 2-2 home draw with Barcelona is surely encouraging sign for them. Celta drew the following tilt with Valencia as well as Maximiliano Gomez equalized in the 63rd minute, responding to Santi Mina’s opener after only four minutes, but now they need to go for all three points at Villarreal if they want to keep their UEL hopes alive. Juan Carlos Unzué’s side is in the 10th place with 45 points, three behind Sevilla and Getafe, and two behind Girona, so the 7th position is still up for grabs.
Celta Vigo played 38 games in this campaign, recording 14 victories, ten draws, and 14 losses, with a goal difference of 57:54, which is 2.92 goals per contest on average. The Sky Blues have been in a disastrous form on the road lately as they are without a win in the previous six away matches, losing five of them and scoring just two goals in the process, conceding 11 in return.
Iago Aspas is the team’s leading scorer with 21 goals in 35 appearances, while Maximiliano Gomez is following him on a goal-scoring chart with 15 goals to his name. Pione Sisto is the most creative individual at the Balaidos with ten assists thus far; Daniel Wass contributed with eight dishes, while Hugo Mallo has seven assists. Juan Carlos Unzué will be without Aspas who is suffering from a hamstring injury, Facundo Roncaglia (shoulder), and Nemanja Radoja (wound).
Villarreal vs. Celta Vigo – Betting Trends and Match Prediction
- Villarreal kept the clean sheet in just one out of the previous 13 games at home
- Villarreal allowed seven goals in the last four home matches
- Celta scored just once in the last five road games
- Celta didn’t concede a goal in only two out of 19 away matches
Villarreal won five out of the previous seven H2H meetings including three in a row, while the Yellow Submarine didn’t allow a single goal in the past four encounters with Celta. However, the Sky Blues are playing better at Estadio de la Cerámica than at home and beat Villarreal in three out of the last five. The visitors must attack and try to get a victory here and that will leave plenty of space for Villarreal to hit them on the counter, so I am expecting to see at least a goal on each side here.
MY PICK: Both teams to score YES (-130)