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Elche CF will be visiting Estadio de la Cerámica on Wednesday for the La Liga game with home team Villarreal.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Villarreal v Elche CF, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Villarreal enter this game following a 0-0 La Liga draw versus Mallorca.
In that match, Villarreal managed 66% possession and 11 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, RCD Mallorca had 10 shots on goal with 1 on target.
Over their prior six games, Unai Emery's Villarreal have found the net a total of 5 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match equal to 0.83.
Pre-game facts show that Villarreal:
- are unbeaten in the league by Elche CF in their previous 6 games.
- haven't beaten Elche CF in their last 2 matches in the league.
Last time out, Elche CF drew 1-1 in the La Liga match with Levante.
In that game, Elche CF had 54% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. The scorer for Elche CF was Lucas Pérez (33'). Levante UD had 11 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. José Luis Morales (55') was the scorer for Levante.
A series of outstanding displays by the Elche CF defence has seen the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 3 from their past 6 clashes overall. In that period of time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 5. It will be interesting to find out whether or not that trend will be sustained here.
Coming into this contest, Elche CF have not won against Villarreal when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings stretching back to 04/11/2013 shows us that Villarreal have won 2 of these and Elche CF 0, with the number of drawn games standing at 4.
A total of 12 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 7 from El Submarino Amarillo and 5 being from Los Franjiverdes. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.
The previous league meeting between these sides was La Liga match day 22 on 06/02/2021 which ended up with the score at Elche CF 2-2 Villarreal.
On that occasion, Elche CF managed 44% possession and 8 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. The scorers were Guido Carrillo (49') and Lucas Boyé (64').
Villarreal had 9 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Gerard Moreno (16', 35') scored.
The match was refereed by Mario Melero López.
Team News: Villarreal
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Villarreal manager Unai Emery to contend with from of an almost fully healthy group. Samuel Chukwueze (Hamstring Injury) is sidelined.
Team News: Elche CF
Thanks to a largely healthy group of players, there is just the lone fitness problem for the Elche CF manager Fran Escribá to contend with. Pedro Bigas (Knee Injury) won’t be in action.
We’re of the view that Villarreal are likely to stay in control for long periods of time and should be able to convert a few of the chances that they create.
However, Elche CF may well find it hard to score themselves although we do see them hitting back at some stage here, too.
We’re predicting a fairly comfortable 3-1 margin for Villarreal by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de la Cerámica (23,500)
Captain: Mario Gaspar
Chairman: Fernando Roig
Manager: Unai Emery
Competitions: La Liga position 14, Champions League (Group F), UEFA Super Cup (Final)