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Elche CF face off with visiting opponents Villarreal at Estadio Martínez Valero in this La Liga game on Sunday.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Elche CF v Villarreal are shown below - along with the latest match odds.
Elche CF, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 1-2 La Liga success versus Espanyol.
In that game, Elche CF had 53% possession and 2 shots at goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Elche CF was Pere Milla (6', 14'). At the other end, Espanyol got 5 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Raúl de Tomás (45') was the scorer for Espanyol.
Francisco Rodríguez's Elche CF have managed to score a sum total of 8 times in their past six outings. The comparative number of goals that have been scored against them in those same games stands at 7.
Analysis of their past results shows that Elche CF:
- have not beaten Villarreal in their previous 7 league games.
- are undefeated in their last 2 home league matches.
In the game prior to this, Villarreal drew 2-2 in the La Liga tie with Atlético Madrid.
In that match, Villarreal had 60% possession and 13 shots at goal with 3 on target. For Villarreal, the goalscorers were Pau Torres (29') and Alberto Moreno (58'). Atlético de Madrid got 7 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Ángel Correa (10') and Geoffrey Kondogbia (67') scored for Atlético Madrid.
A very clinical Villarreal have helped themselves to an abundance of goals over their previous 6 games (23 to be precise). That translates to an outstanding average of 3.83 goals scored per match for this time. That kind of trend might not be carried forward here, of course.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Villarreal:
- have not registered a win against Elche CF when having played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
- remain undefeated by Elche CF in away games against them for the last 3 league matches.
Head to head
A look at their past head-to-head meetings going back to 30/03/2014 shows that Elche CF have won 0 of these and Villarreal 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 4.
A combined total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 6 of them from Los Franjiverdes and 10 created by El Submarino Amarillo. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The last league fixture featuring these clubs was La Liga match day 6 on 22/09/2021 which ended up with the score at Villarreal 4-1 Elche CF.
On that day, Villarreal had 60% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. The scorers were Yeremi Pino (5'), Manu Trigueros (39'), Arnaut Danjuma (60') and Alberto Moreno (94').
For their opponents, Elche CF had 9 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Johan Mojica (19') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Alejandro Muñiz Ruiz.
Team News: Elche CF
The Elche CF manager Francisco Rodríguez will be grateful to have no fitness worries at all ahead of this match with a completely injury-free squad available to select from.
It seems likely that Los Franjiverdes look set to opt for a 4-4-2 system this time, beginning the first half with Edgar Badia, Antonio Barragan, Enzo Roco, Diego Gonzalez, Johan Mojica, Tete Morente, Gerard Gumbau, Omar Mascarell, Pere Milla, Lucas Boye and Lucas Perez.
Team News: Villarreal
Villarreal manager Unai Emery has to currently contend with reduced team options. Rubén Peña (Shoulder Injury), Francis Coquelin (Achilles Irritation) and Paco Alcácer (Muscle Injury) can’t be considered.
We’re of the thinking that El Submarino Amarillo could decide to play in a 4-4-1-1 system, starting the game with Geronimo Rulli, Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupinan, Moi Gomez, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Alberto Moreno, Manuel Trigueros and Gerard Moreno.
Our feeling is that Elche CF might well have a job on their hands to get anything against this Villarreal team who will likely end up scoring and staying ahead.
We therefore fancy a 0-1 win for Villarreal when the referee blows for full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Martínez Valero (33,732)
Captain: Gonzalo Verdú
Chairman: Joaquín Buitrago Marhuenda
Manager: Francisco Rodríguez
Competitions: La Liga position 16, Copa del Rey (Round of 16)
⭐ Key Man: Darío Benedetto
Typically used in the Striker position, Darío Benedetto was born in Berazategui, Argentina. Having made a first senior appearance for Arsenal de Sarandí in the 2008 - 2009 season, the dangerous Forward has contributed 2 league goals in the LaLiga 2021 - 2022 season so far coming from a total of 14 appearances.