Defeated. Defeat Rayo Vallecano (0: 2) in the last league round ended an amazing series of seventeen consecutive meetings of Valencia without a defeat in all competitions. Thanks to these results, the charges of Marcelino strongly approached the first four in LaLiga and for seven queues before the end of the season they lose only four “eyes” to the desired zone. In turn, the hosts of the Thursday match are on the opposite pole, because they fell into the relegation zone and for them practically every point scored is at a premium. Which team will secure the advantage before the rematch?
- Villarreal – it’s a bit hard to focus on cup competitions when the drop is in the eye. However, already defeating in the previous round Zenit St. St. Petersburg was a big sensation. However, if we look at their results in this edition of the Europa League, the place in the quarterfinals can not be a surprise. “Yellow Submarine” did not lose any of ten games in this competition. The team of hosts will lack the injured: Bruno Soriano, Miguel and Manu Trigueros.
- Valencia – it is very likely that if Daniel Parejo used a penalty in a match against Rayo at 0-0, Valencia would still screw up his great series without a defeat. After good performances in the Champions League and a difficult group fight with Juventus and Manchester United (both teams advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition) Valencia quite probably eliminated Celtic in the 1/16 Europa League final. However, in the next round in dramatic circumstances they eliminated Krasnodar by scoring a decisive goal in the third minute of added time in the second leg. Ruben Sobrino is injured, and Carlos Soler will pause for the cards.
Forecast: this season in LaLiga, these teams have faced twice and in both of these clashes Villarreal could not score (0: 3, 0: 0). Interestingly, these teams are at the forefront of the league when it comes to sharing points with rivals. Valencia recorded as many as 16 draws, and Villarreal – 12. In 8 out of 9 previous clashes between these teams only one team scored goals, and in seven of these meetings fell below 2.5 goals. Suggested types for this match: double chance 0-0 (odds 1.63) / below 2.5 goals (odds 1.75) / both teams will score – NO (odds 1.99) / draw (odds 3.3) .