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The La Liga tie at Estadio de la Cerámica on Saturday will see home side Villarreal up against Alaves.
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Villarreal enter this match coming off the back of a 2-2 La Liga drawn result against Atlético Madrid.
In that game, Villarreal managed 51% possession and 2 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. For Villarreal, the scorers were Manu Trigueros (52'), Arnaut Danjuma (74') and Aïssa Mandi (95' Own goal). On the other side, Atlético de Madrid got 23 shots at goal with 4 on target. Luis Suárez (56') scored for Atlético Madrid.
Unai Emery's Villarreal have seen rewards for their attempts on goal 5 times over their past six outings. At the other end, the number of goals that they have conceded in those games is 6.
Heading into this fixture, Villarreal have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
After being beaten in their last game against Valencia in La Liga competition, Alaves and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Alaves managed 51% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 2 on target. For their opponents, Valencia CF got 9 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Daniel Wass (3'), Carlos Soler (45') and Gonçalo Guedes (60') scored for Valencia.
Looking at their form, and Alaves have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 11 goals overall. At the back, Alaves can certainly do much better. Previous results aside, we’ll just have to find out whether that trend shall persist in this game or not.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Alaves:
- have not registered a win against Villarreal in away games against them for the last 2 league matches.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 28/10/2018, there has been little between the sides with Villarreal winning 3 of those games, Alaves 3 and 0 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
An aggregate of 21 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 12 of them from El Submarino Amarillo and 9 netted by Babazorros. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The last league match featuring these sides was La Liga match day 31 on 21/04/2021 when it ended Alaves 2-1 Villarreal.
That day, Alaves had 33% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The goals were scored by Joselu (17') and Edgar Méndez (80').
On the other side, Villarreal got 10 shots on goal with 5 on target. Paco Alcácer (50') scored.
The match was refereed by Adrián Cordero Vega.
Team News: Villarreal
Looking at personnel, there is just a single fitness concern for the Villarreal gaffer Unai Emery to contend with thanks to an otherwise robust group of players. Samuel Chukwueze (Hamstring Injury) is sidelined.
Team News: Alaves
Owing to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, the Alaves boss Javier Calleja doesn’t have any fitness worries to report before this game.
For this match, we think that Villarreal look likely to score more than once against Alaves, who may well struggle to break down their defence.
We can therefore see a 2-0 win for Villarreal at the end of the match.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Mario Gaspar
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Unai Emery
Competitions: La Liga position 11, Champions League (Group F), UEFA Super Cup (Final)