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UD Almería visit The Estadio de la Cerámica on Sunday for the La Liga game with hosts Villarreal.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Villarreal v UD Almería can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Villarreal will be hoping to bounce back here following the 3-1 La Liga defeat last time out to Cádiz.
In that match, Villarreal had 58% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Villarreal was Alexander Sørloth (10'). Cadiz had 18 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Chris Ramos (18') and Darwin Machís (30', 50') scored for Cádiz.
At least three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Villarreal have been involved. Their opponents scored 13 of them in these games whereas Villarreal bagged a total of 9. Let’s find out if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Looking at their past form shows that Villarreal:
- haven't lost in the league to UD Almería in their last 10 games. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
- haven’t won at home in the past 3 league matches.
Following on from a losing effort in their last game against Celta Vigo in La Liga competition, UD Almería and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, UD Almería had 63% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For UD Almería, the goals were scored by Sergio Akieme (54') and Sergio Arribas (68'). For their opponents, Celta Vigo got 14 shots at goal with 8 on target. Unai Núñez (24'), Jorgen Strand Larsen (33') and Williot Swedberg (87') scored for Celta Vigo.
The stats tell the story, and UD Almería have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 12 goals overall. At the back, UD Almería have clearly had some problems.
Pre-game facts show that UD Almería:
- are undefeated in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
- have not won away from home in their last 5 league matches.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head meetings stretching back to 19/10/2014 shows that these encounters have not been happy ones for UD Almería. They have not been able to get any victories at all while Villarreal have managed to find a way, running out winners in 67% of those ties.
An aggregate of 21 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 17 of them from El Submarino Amarillo and 4 belonging to Almería. That is an average goals per game value of 3.5.
The last league fixture featuring these clubs was La Liga match day 24 on 04/03/2023 which finished with the scoreline of UD Almería 0-2 Villarreal.
In that match, UD Almería had 29% possession and 6 shots on goal with 0 of them on target.
For their opponents, Villarreal got 16 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Gerard Moreno (76') and José Luis Morales (88') scored.
The referee was Pablo González Fuertes.
Team News: Villarreal
The Villarreal manager José Pacheta will be grateful not to have any fitness worries at all coming into this clash with a completely injury-free squad ready to go.
It’s our opinion that El Submarino Amarillo should line up in a 4-4-2 system, utilising Filip Joergensen, Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Carlos Romero, Matteo Gabbia, Yeremi Pino, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Alejandro Baena, Gerard Moreno and Alexander Soerloth.
Team News: UD Almería
Thanks to a largely available group of players, there is only the sole fitness issue for the UD Almería gaffer Vicente Moreno to be concerned with. Léo Baptistão (Ankle Surgery) won’t be in action.
We are inclined to think that UD Almería seem likely to elect for a 4-2-3-1 lineup, going with Luis Maximiano, Marc Pubill, Cesar Montes, Edgar Gonzalez, Sergio Akieme, Idrissu Baba, Gonzalo Melero, Largie Ramazani, Lucas Robertone, Adrian Embarba and Luis Suarez.
It’s likely that UD Almería will have to play really well to get a goal against a Villarreal side who will more than likely boss this game in attack, midfield and defence.
We’re expecting a commanding 3-0 winning scoreline for Villarreal when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: The Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Raúl Albiol
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Quique Setién
Competitions: La Liga position 15, Europa League (Group F)
🔑 Star Player: Alexander Sørloth
Generally used in the Striker position, Alexander Sørloth was born in Trondheim, Norway. After having made a senior debut playing for Rosenborg BK in the 2014 season, the gifted Forward has netted 2 league goals in this LaLiga 2023 - 2024 campaign to date coming from a total of 4 appearances.