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Villarreal vs Sevilla: Preview, Prediction & Betting Picks

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Villarreal vs Sevilla: Preview, Prediction & Betting Picks

As the Spanish La Liga season approaches its final stretch, the forthcoming match between Villarreal and Sevilla at the Estadio de la Cerámica is set to be more than just a routine fixture. For both teams, the 2022/23 season has been fraught with challenges and unmet expectations, making this encounter a crucial battle for redemption, albeit with differing stakes involved.

  • Draw @ +280 With BetMGM
  • Both Teams To Score @ -185 With BetMGM
  • Sevilla To Win Either Half @ +115 With BetMGM

These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

  • Date: 05/11/2024
  • Kick-off time: 7:15 am Pacific Time
  • Location: El Madrigal

Villarreal, popularly known as the 'Yellow Submarine', find themselves in a precarious ninth position with 45 points from 34 matches. This placement is a significant step down from their fifth-place finish last season. The team's decline in form has been stark, underscored by a tally that will see them finish with notably fewer points compared to the previous campaign.

Under the guidance of Marcelino García Toral, Villarreal have struggled to replicate their prior successes. Despite a squad capable of challenging for higher honors, their European campaign also ended in disappointment, bowing out at the Europa League last 16 stage. Such results are a far cry from expectations at a club that has enjoyed considerable success on the continent in recent years.

With four matches remaining, Villarreal still harbor a slim hope of securing a spot in next season’s Europa Conference League. They are currently seven points adrift of Real Betis who occupy the seventh spot — the last to offer potential European qualification. Achieving this would require not only a flawless finish from Villarreal but also favorable results elsewhere, a tall order but not beyond the realm of possibility in the unpredictable world of football.

Sevilla, on the other hand, have endured their share of turmoil, mirrored in a disappointing domestic performance that finds them in 13th place with 41 points from 34 games. This position marks a worrying trend for a club that has been a consistent performer in La Liga and European competitions over the last two decades.

The current campaign’s difficulties are further highlighted by the fact that this could be their worst finish since the 1999-2000 season, with last season's 12th-placed finish currently holding that crown. The club's proximity to the relegation zone, which is much closer than it is to the European spots, is a stark indicator of how their fortunes have plummeted this season.

Managerial instability has played its part in Sevilla's disappointing year. Quique Sánchez Flores, the former Watford manager, is the third individual to take the helm this season alone. His appointment reflects a desperate attempt by the club to instil stability and perhaps salvage what remains of their campaign.

Recent head-to-head meetings between the two clubs have favored Sevilla, with the Andalusian club having won two of the last five encounters, with the other three ending all square.

For fans and neutrals alike, this match offers more than just league points; it is a narrative of redemption, resilience, and perhaps, a glimpse into the future strategies of both clubs. Villarreal, with their faint hopes of European qualification, and Sevilla, seeking to avoid a slide into deeper mediocrity, both have much to play for.

In essence, the Villarreal vs. Sevilla matchup is not just about the immediate 90 minutes but also about setting the tone for the next season. Both teams will come into the match knowing that a win could serve as a springboard for the next campaign, offering a morale boost that is much needed at both camps.

Draw

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Yes @ +280
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Both Teams To Score

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Yes @ -185
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Sevilla To Win Either Half

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Yes @ +115
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Team News

Villarreal Team News

Villarreal are still suffering from some notable absentees as Bertrand Traore, Juan Foyth, Denis Suarez and Yeremy Pino all continue to miss out. Gerard Moreno is also a doubt and will face a late fitness test.Santi Comesaña will be unavailable through suspension following a red card at the weekend, so he'll likely be replaced by Francis Coquelin in the midfield.


Sevilla Team News

The away side are coming into this game without the services of Djibril Sow, Adria Pedrosa, Nemanja Gudelj, Oliver Torres and Isaac Romero.Suso, however, will be available for selection once again after serving a suspension.

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Form Guide

Villarreal's form is fairly poor heading into this game with the Yellow Submarine having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five games. At the weekend, Villarreal fell to a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Celta Vigo, a result that could prove defining in their bid for a European spot as they now have a minor mountain to climb. Alberto Moreno gave Villarreal the lead after just 12 minutes but Santi Comesaña's red card just five minutes later scuppered their chances of taking home all three points, with Celta eventually turning the game on its head despite the best efforts of Marcelino's side.

Prior to that, Villarreal ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Rayo Vallecano thanks to an Alexander Sørloth brace and a goal from Yerson Mosquera. That win was their second victory on the bounce, as goals from Ilias Akhomach and Sørloth gave The Yellow Submarine a 2-1 win over Almeria the week before that.

Preceding that two-match win streak was a 1-1 draw with Athletic Club, where a stoppage-time penalty from Dani Parejo salvaged a point, and a 1-2 defeat to Atlético Madrid.

On home soil, Villarreal have won three, drawn one and lost one of their last five league games.

Sevilla are coming into this one amidst a very good run of form having won four and drawn one of their last five games. Their most recent outing was a 3-0 hammering of a sorry Granada side that effectively relegated them to the Segunda División, where goals from Marcos Acuña, Youssef En-Nesyri and Dodi Lukebakio resoundingly saw off the visitors.

That game followed a 1-1 draw away at bitter rivals Real Betis, where Kike Salas cancelled out Isco's first half opener to secure what was a decent point for Sevilla.

Prior to that draw Sevilla had notched three wins on the bounce, where Quique Flores' men beat Mallorca (2-1), Las Palmas (2-0) and Granada (1-0), with the goals in that period coming from Youssef En-Nesyri, Isaac Romero, Dodi Lukebakio and Sergio Ramos. Those results where preceded by a 1-2 loss to Celta Vigo.

Away from home, Sevilla are currently unbeaten in their last four games, having won two and drawn two of those.

FlashPicks Prediction

Both of these teams are fairly inconsistent outfits but equally, both are very good on their day. Villarreal don't lose many at home so they should avoid defeat at a minimum here, but Sevilla have been pretty impressive in recent weeks after a poor season overall and can be very tough to play against. Ultimately, Villarreal haven't been convincing enough of late for us to back them confidently this weekend and if any side is going to win the game it could be Sevilla, but in the end we think this will end with honors even. Villarreal 1-1 Sevilla.

Header logoPrimera División

PosClubPWDLGDPTS
7
Team logoBetis
3714149+356
8
Team logoVillarreal
37141013052
9
Team logoValencia
3713915-548
Last updated 22/05/2024

Header logoPrimera División

PosClubPWDLGDPTS
12
Team logoGetafe
37101314-1143
13
Team logoSevilla
37101116-541
14
Team logoCelta Vigo
37101017-1140
Last updated 22/05/2024

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