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Sevilla vs Villarreal: Europa League hopefuls go head to head

Sevilla vs Villarreal: Europa League hopefuls go head to head

Sevilla vs Villarreal – Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – Sunday 26th August – Kick off 9:15pm GMT

Pablo Machin’s Sevilla host Villarreal on Sunday night aiming to make it two wins from two in La Liga and four on the bounce in all competitions.

Sunday’s game will already be their seventh of the season after their Europa League qualifiers and Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona.

They began their league campaign with a 4-1 win away at promoted Rayo Vallecano, with loan signing Andre Gomes grabbing a hat-trick while on Thursday night they won 1-0 away at Sigma Olomouc in the first leg of their Europa League play-off tie.

Villarreal on the other hand will be aiming to bounce back from their opening day defeat at home to Real Sociedad. Unlike Sevilla, the Yellow Submarine haven’t had any European ties with their place in the group stage already confirmed but they struggled against their Basque visitors last weekend.

The kick-off time for the game was originally scheduled for 7:15pm GMT but with the exceedingly high temperatures predicted La Liga decided to delay the start by two hours.

There was no shortage of entertainment in the two meetings between the sides last season with nine goals scored and three red cards shown.

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Villarreal went two goals in front at home in November before losing three goals and seeing Victor Ruiz sent off as they capitulated in the second half.

The clash in Seville was very similar with Villarreal again going two goals in front, against the ten men of Sevilla, before they were also reduced to ten men and the hosts went on to grab a point.

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Team News

Pablo Machin has a fully fit Sevilla squad to choose from but having rested some players for Thursday’s win in the Czech Republic, he will no doubt bring back some of his first choice players with the likes of Ever Banega, Pablo Sarabia and Tomas Vaclik likely to be among those to remain.

Villarreal on the other hand are without the injured duo of Bruno Soriano who hasn’t played in over a year and Daniele Bonera who will likely be back in the next few weeks.

Predicted Line-Ups

Sevilla (3-4-2-1): Vaclik; Mercado, Kjaer, Gomez; Navas, Banega, Mesa, Escudero; Sarabia, Vazquez; Silva

Villarreal (4-1-2-1-2): Asenjo; Mario, Alvaro, Ruiz, Costa; Caseres; Fornals, Trigueros; Cazorla; Moreno, Ekambi

 

Score Prediction

Sevilla 2-1 Villarreal