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Topic: Espanyol vs Villarreal - Primera División Rnd.21 23/01/16 17:15  (Read 122 times)

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      Analysis: Espanyol vs Villarreal (23 January 2016)
      « Reply #1 on: January 21 2016, 17:31 »

      Espanyol and Villarreal meet at RCDE Stadium, in a match for the 21th round of the Primera División. Villarreal got a home win by (3‑1), in the last league head‑to‑head, played in 28‑08‑2015. At this stadium, the head‑to‑head history favours the away team, since they have a record of 2 wins and 2 draws in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 09‑11‑2014, in a match for the Primera División they tied (1‑1). The goals of the match were scored by D. Colotto (90' ), for Espanyol, and by Mario Gaspar (26' ), for Villarreal. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances.

      Analysis of Espanyol

      After 6 wins, 3 draws and 11 losses, the home team is in the 14th position, havinf won 21 points so far. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Getafe by (3‑1), after in the previous match they have lost (2‑1) an away match against Eibar. This is a team that is often stronger at home, with the help of its supporters, so they usually make good use of the home advantage, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 2 draws and 11 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses at their stadium. For the league, Espanyol won 15 points out of 27 possible points, after 4 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses in the last 9 home matches.

      In this competition, they haven’t lost any of the last 5 home matches. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since 7 of the last 9 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals. They have conceded the first goal in 12 of their 20 matches for this competition, and have only turned the score around in 1.

      Espanyol comes to this match after a few negative results, since they haven’t won any of the last 6 matches. The home team is going through a few defensive problems. Espanyol usually plays in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Caicedo, who is the best scorer of the team, with 7 goals, in front. Victor Sanzhez, Arbilla, Canas and Pape Diop are recovering from injuries and will not be playing this match.

      Analysis of Villarreal

      The away team is currently in the 4th position of the league, with 40 points won, after 12 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Sporting Gijón, by (2‑0). In the last match, they tied in a home match against Real Betis, by (0‑0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 20 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 22 goals scored and 7 conceded. In the last 9 away league matches Villarreal has a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 14 points out of 27 possible. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half‑time was the 0‑0 (5 out of 9 matches). Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 20 matches for this competition, they have conceded the first goal 7 times and have only turned the score around in 2.

      After a good period, Villarreal has lost strengths and comes to this match after only 1 win, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. Coach Marcelino Toral likes putting the opponent under a lot of pressure, to try to get the ball as far up in the field as possible. Moreover, Villareal should try to take advantage of the weaknesses of Espanyol to explore their biggest strength, counterattacks. The best scorer of the team is Cédric Bakambu, with 12 goals scored. Recovering from injuries are Jaume Costa, Sergio Asenjo, Samuel, Daniele Bonera and Adrian López, while Víctor Ruiz has been suspended.

      Betting suggestion:

      The most likely scenario is that both teams will score. We expect a balanced and open match with goal opportunities for both teams, due to the offensive quality of both squads. Moreover, the last matches of both teams have ended with goals by both teams.


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