Leganes vs Villarreal Predictions and Preview

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Leganes vs Villarreal predictions and preview for this Sunday’s clash in La Liga. Read on for our analysis as two winless sides meet in Madrid.


Leganes in La LigaLeganes vs Villarreal Predictions and Preview

DATE/TIME – Sunday 16th September 2018, 12:00 (CEST)

STADIUM – Estadio Municipal de Butarque

COMPETITION – La Liga


The early game on Sunday in La Liga sees Leganes play host to Villarreal in Madrid. While it is only early days, this actually sees two of the current bottom three meet which tells you all you need to know about the poor start both teams have had. More is certainly expected of the Yellow Submarine and they will be desperate to record their first win of the new campaign here.

The explanation behind both Leganes and Villarreal’s early struggles may lie in the same place. Both have seen a pretty major overhaul in terms of their playing personnel this summer and it may take some time for the new arrivals to gel. Villarreal have the makings of a good side with several solid options up front and plenty of quality in midfield with the likes of Pablo Fornals and Trigueros. They were a bit unfortunate to lose at home to Girona last time out in truth but a return of only one goal from three matches is clearly a worry for Javi Calleja, who may just start to come under some pressure if results don’t turn around soon.

There is though more reason to worry for Leganes, whose early results may be a sign of things to come as much as anything. They’ve lost some important players and the sale of playmaker Gabriel to Benfica late in the transfer window and for a fairly modest fee, may be something they really live to regret. Defensively they are looking much less solid this season too with 8 goals already conceded and that will be music to the ears of the Villarreal front-men.

Leganes vs Villarreal Predictions

Score Prediction: Leganes 1-1 Villarreal

This is a tough one to call. Villarreal are likely to come good eventually but that will take time and you sense they may have changed too much this summer, particularly in the final third where new relationships take time to develop. They have more quality than Leganes but Butarque can be a tricky place to go and Leganes showed they haven’t completely lost that fighting spirit with their comeback draw against Sociedad. With the Yellow Submarine not quite firing yet, they may get a draw here too.

Leganes vs Villarreal Match Stats

  • Leganes have won their last two home games against Villareal (in league and cup last season).
  • Villarreal have taken just 1 point from their 2 top flight visits to Butarque.
  • Leganes have lost 6 of their last 9 league games.
  • Villarreal have only won 2 of their last 9 away in La Liga.
  • Last season in Madrid, they took 4 points off Atleti and Real but lost heavily at Getafe and Leganes, conceding 7 goals overall in those 2 matches.

One to Watch – Karl Toko Ekambi


Karl Toko Ekambi thought he’d scored his first Villarreal goal against Girona a fortnight ago. So did everyone inside the Ceramica but it was belatedly ruled out by VAR and he will be hoping to make amends here.


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Predicted Line Ups

Possible Leganes Team:

Cuellar – Juanfran, Munos, Slovas, Silva – Gumbau, Perez – Zhar, Eraso, Santos – Carrillo (4-2-3-1)

Possible Villarreal Team:

Asenjo – Gaspar, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Pedraza – Fornals, Iturra, Trigueros – Cazorla – Ekambi, Moreno (4-3-1-2)


 

Featured image of Leganes Stadium, CC BY-SA 4.0

Daniel Garcia
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Daniel is a football writer based in Spain. He has an extensive knowledge of LaLiga history and closely follows current events in the Spanish top flight.

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