UEFA Europa League
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow Match Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Bet on a home win when Villarreal host Russian team Spartak Moscow in their final Group G fixture in the Europa League. Carlos Bacca is tipped to get on the score sheet with the hosts also expected to keep a clean sheet.
Villarreal CF Form & Team News
The Yellow Submarine are having a torrid campaign in the La Liga as they are wallowing near the bottom of the table. Javi Calleja’s team have fared much better in the Europa League though as they are top of their group with seven points and can progress to the next phase of the competition with a win or draw on Thursday.
Villarreal were held to a goalless draw away at Scottish outfit Rangers in their last fixture in the Europa League. They did however suffer a 3-2 defeat at home against Celta Vigo in the La Liga last weekend despite a brace from Carlos Bacca.
The Colombian striker has been in fine form for Villarreal with six goals in his last eight matches. He is likely start in attack alongside youngster Samuel Chukwueze who has also impressed in recent outings.
FC Spartak Moscow Form & Team News
Spartak are bottom of the group with five points having claimed just one win in the Europa League this season. However, they still have a chance to progress to the next phase of the competition if they secure a win over Villarreal on Thursday.
Oleg Kononov’s men were beaten 2-1 by Austrian team Rapid Wien last time out in the Europa League. They have remained unbeaten since the defeat to Rapid and head to Spain off the back of a 3-0 victory at home against Anzhi in the Russian Premier League.
Spartak have struggled on their travels in the Europa League this season with no goals away from home. Ze Liuz has scored three goals in the competition, all of which have come in Russia.
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow Head-to-Head
Villarreal have never lost to Spartak Moscow with one win and two draws in three previous meetings. Both teams settled for a 3-3 draw in the reverse fixture of Thursday’s clash back in October.
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow Match Up
Bacca will be the one to watch for Villarreal on Thursday as the striker looks to continue his good form. The pace of Chukwueze could also be a weapon against the visitors who are susceptible to counterattacks.
Spartak’s progressive style of play often leaves them exposed at the back and they could be caught out on the break by Villarreal’s quick attackers. They are also likely to struggle against the home team’s defence that has kept clean sheets in their last three Europa League matches.
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow Key Statistics
- Villarreal have won 3 of their last 5 home matches (All Competitions).
- Villarreal have kept clean sheets in their last 3 matches (Europa League).
- Villarreal’s Carlos Bacca has scored 6 goals in his last 8 matches (All Competitions).
- Spartak Moscow have failed to score in 2 of their last 3 away matches (Europa League).
Villarreal vs Spartak Moscow Verdict
Villarreal have a good home record and should claim the win over Spartak who have been poor on their travels in the Europa League. Carlos Bacca is also expected to continue his good form with a goal on Thursday.
Best Bet: Villarreal Win @ 1.55 – 6 Units
Anytime Goalscorer Tip: Carlos Bacca @ 2.40 – 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Villarreal Win 2-0 @ 7.90 – 1 Unit