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Valencia vs Villarreal: Home side expected to ease to victory

Valencia vs Villarreal: Home side expected to ease to victory

Villarreal travel to the Mestalla looking to continue their impressive head to head winning run but remain without a win in their last seven.

Valencia v Villarreal – Estadio de Mestalla – 18:45 GMT

Currently sat in 19th place, El Submarino have endured their worst start to a La Liga season in history, whilst Valencia haven’t reached the dizzying heights of last season.

Marcelino’s men head into this having lost once in their last six in the league and unbeaten in eight at home in all competitions (W6, D2), and many are expecting the Bats to secure their first home victory over Villarreal since the 2013/14 season.

Los Che are the specialists in drawing football games and at the Mestalla it is no different, with six of Valencia’s games here in league have all ended 1-1.

Captain, leader and ‘Mr. Valencia,’ Daniel Parejo has continued to be influential leading the goals with five and two assists alongside that, while he is their only player to attempted over a 1000 passes this season.

After a fruitful time in Italy, Colombian striker Carlos Bacca returned to Spain after being a part of the transaction that saw former teammate Samu Castillejo move to Milan. The 29-year old striker has four goals this season and scored the winner last time these two sides met.

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Predicted Line-ups

Neto; Piccini, Garay, Diakhaby, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Cheryshev; Rodrigo, Santi Mina

Villarreal: Asenjo; Gaspar, Victor Ruiz, Alvaro, Jaume Costa; Caseres, Iborra, Fornals, Cazorla; Bacca, Toko Ekambi


Valencia 2-1 Villarreal

A Daniel Parejo penalty will give the home side the lead at half time before Santi Cazorla grabs the equaliser with a low driven shot from outside the box. 25-year old forward Santi Mina grabs a late winner with a header at the back post from a set piece.