Espanyol (@2.7) vs Villarreal (@2.55)
20-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Villarreal will win

Espanyol – Villarreal Match Prediction | 20-10-2019 10:00

Espanyol were pegged back late on last week, but they can take plenty of confidence from the fact that they played well away from home. On the balance of play, its hard to say that Rubis men definitely deserved to win, though it was them that created marginally the best opportunities, as the fact that they ended the match with an expected goal difference of +0.22 suggests.

Only rock bottom Huesca have an inferior record. Theyve been abysmal in some of their recent league games and their away record all season have been poor with just 0.55 points per game on the road. The hosts certainly have more quality than theyve shown this term but the main reason to fancy them here is the awful form of Espanyol.

Today's Tips

Villarreal now have just 17 games to save themselves and are 5 points off safety. Villarreal are right in the thick of one now. The decision to bring back a coach they fired just 50 days ago is bordering on ridiculous but unquestionably things hadnt really improved under Luis Garcia, who was sacked this week without a league win. This is quite simply a must win as far as they are concerned.

Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.

They also exited the Copa del Rey in midweek in the worst possible circumstances given the game went to Extra Time meaning theyve had an extra 120 minutes of football this week compared to their opponents, who they knocked out in the previous round. The Barcelona club have lost 9 of their last 10 in La Liga to slip down from a top four position into the bottom half. Espanyol are in freefall and are one of the sides that the Yellow Submarine will certainly fancy they can catch.

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Ekambi came as a substitute in the 77th minute of the match, replacing fellow attacker Mengolo. Karl Toko Ekambi scored 21 goals in 66 appearances for Paris from 2010 to 2014 and at the end of the 2013/2014 season he joined Sochaux. The Cameroonian footballer played for Paris FC during his youth career and he made his first-team debut for the capital club on April 26, 2011 in a 2-2 draw with Beauvais.

Backing Villarreal to Win could be the way to go as a result. Their Expected Goal stats suggest they are a bit unfortunate not to have picked up more home wins already with Villarreal creating 1.47 xG at home whilst giving up only 0.86 at the other end. They are also missing key holding midfielder Marc Roca to suspension and that should contribute to Villarreal bossing the battle in the middle of the park here.

Villarreal now have just 17 games to save themselves and are 5 points off safety. This is quite simply a must win as far as they are concerned. Villarreal are right in the thick of one now. The decision to bring back a coach they fired just 50 days ago is bordering on ridiculous but unquestionably things hadnt really improved under Luis Garcia, who was sacked this week without a league win.

Goal Timings

Playing away from home has brought Villarreal little joy this season. Thursdays visitors have won just twice away from home in the league, while theyre now without a travelling win since September. Theyve conceded two or more goals in five of their last six away games and have been outperformed in terms of expected goals five of those six too, including when coming unstuck at this venue earlier in the campaign.