Villarreal – Leganes Tips & Predictions For Today, April 17, 2018.
League: Spain – LaLiga Santander
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 2:1 WON!!!
|Villarreal will aim to cement their top-six spot when they take on Leganés in the final midweek round of the 2017/18 La Liga (LL) season, with the visitors almost certainly safe from relegation.|
|A thrilling 2-2 draw with Sevilla at the Pizjuán last weekend saw Villarreal (48 pts, W14, D6, L12) remain sixth in the table, just one point above Sevilla. Javier Calleja’s side have failed to pick up all three points in any of their last three games (D1, L2).|
|Leganés (39 pts, W11, D6, L15) took a huge step towards securing their top-flight status with a narrow but crucial 1-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday. It’s Leganés’ woeful away form – they have won none of their last 12 LL games (D3, L9) – that has prevented them from remaining in the race for the Europa League spots.|
|This will be the fourth time these two sides play each other this season. Leganés claimed a 3-1 comeback victory in the reverse league fixture and saw off Villarreal in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey (2-2 on aggregate). Their head-to-head record in all competitions is pretty evenly-matched (Villarreal eight wins, four draws, Levante seven wins).|
|Players to watch: With one goal and one assist to his name, young midfielder Raba (17 LL appearances, ten starts) was the standout player for Villarreal in last Saturday’s draw with Sevilla, and will look to make another big impact for his side.|
|Leganés’ Nabil El Zhar, who has been one of the most substituted players in LL this season (26 appearances, 17 substitutions), has contributed two goals and two assists.|
|Stat attack: None of the 19 meetings between the sides in all competitions have seen over 4.5 goals.|
|Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo boasts three saves from six spot-kicks in LL this season. Without a doubt, one of Europe’s best penalty stoppers.|