When Sevilla travels to Villarreal on the afternoon of Sunday, January 21, they will be looking to create history by becoming the first team in La Liga since the beginning of the month to win consecutive games in the league.
Both of these teams competed in European competition during the week, with Sevilla drawing 0-0 with Copenhagen in the Champions League and Villarreal defeating Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Europa Conference League.
Match Preview: Villarreal vs Sevilla
Villarreal earned 10 points from their first five La Liga matches, putting them in fifth place, two points behind Osasuna. The Yellow Submarine won their first two league games before drawing Getafe 0-0 in August.
Arsenal opened September with a 4-0 win against Elche, but they lost 1-0 to Real Betis last weekend. They’ll seek to avoid a second consecutive loss before the international break. Villarreal overcame Lech Poznan 4-3 last week and Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2-1 on Thursday.
El Submari Groguet will be aiming for a top-four berth in La Liga and the Europa Conference League this season. Sevilla drew 0-0 with Copenhagen in their Champions League second round on Wednesday.
Lopetegui’s employment was in jeopardy after a 4-0 Champions League loss to Manchester City on September 6, with rumors that he may be fired if Spain lost to Espanyol last weekend.
Los Nervionenses responded well, winning 3-2 at RCDE Stadium to climb out of the relegation zone and into 16th. Sevilla’s start to the season, with only four points, has been disappointing.
But a victory against Villarreal on Sunday would give supporters optimism. Last season, Rojiblancos drew 1-1 with Villarreal, although they haven’t beaten them away in La Liga since November 2017.
Team News: Villarreal vs Sevilla
To make matters worse for Villarreal’s next match against Sevilla, the club is still without the services of Alberto Moreno, while Juan Foyth, Manu Trigueros, and Pepe Reina are all questionable to play.
Kiko Femenia, Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue, and Pau Torres will all be available to return to the lineup after missing Thursday night’s opening-flag kickoff. In addition to Yeremi Pino, Gerard Moreno and Nicolas Jackson should return to the attack on Sunday.
Jose Luis Morales and Samuel Chukwueze will go to the substitutes’ bench. For Sevilla, Erik Lamela will be out by suspension, while Jesus Manuel Corona will not be available due to a recurring injury this weekend.
After recuperating from his injury, Marcao may be available for the bench, but it’s more probable that he’ll be held back until after the international break.
Joan Jordan, Kasper Dolberg, Marcos Acuna, Rafa Mir, and Tanguy Nianzou are all candidates to make a comeback for Wednesday’s European matchup after sitting out for various reasons.
- Potential Villarreal Starting XI: Rulli, Femenia, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza, Parejo, Lo Celso, Capoue, Jackson, G Moreno, Pino.
- Sevilla Starting XI: Bono, Carmona, Gudelj, Nianzou, Acuna, Rakitic, Fernando, Jordan, En-Nesyri, Dolberg, Mir.
Our Prediction: Villarreal 2-1 Sevilla
Sevilla is more than capable of pulling up a good result here; nevertheless, Villarreal’s play this season has been remarkable, and it is impossible to look beyond the Yellow Submarine when trying to choose a winner. Villarreal will likely win. On Sunday afternoon, the game is expected to be close, with the home team may be holding a little advantage.
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