Villarreal vs Leganes Match Preview & Prediction

Villarreal host Barcelona at the Ceramica this weekend

Villarreal vs Leganes predictions, H2H and match preview for this Sunday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis and predicted line-ups as struggling Lega head to the Ceramica.

by Daniel Garcia

Villarreal vs Leganes predictions

Villarreal vs Leganes Match Preview

The penultimate game this weekend in La Liga comes from the Ceramica as Villarreal play host to Leganes. The Yellow Submarine have lost their last two matches and they really need to get back to winning ways here to get their European push back on track. Leganes meanwhile need a miracle now it would seem if they are going to beat the drop this season and they could really do with a pulling a result out of the bag here.

Villarreal have had a better season than last term but some of those inconsistencies remain and they still don’t look like a team that is going to keep many clean sheets. They’ve shut their opponents out in only 23% of their league games this term and have conceded at least once in all of their last 8. They won’t get a better chance to keep a clean sheet than this game given Leganes’ striker problems.

Following two high profile departures, Leganes are basically relying on Guido Carrillo to lead the line with Oscar Rodriguez operating as their most advanced midfielder. It’s a big ask of those two players to score the goals that will even give Lega a chance of avoiding the drop but they have little choice but to go with what they’ve got.

Javier Aguirre has done a good job since taking over in difficult circumstances but it’s only one win in 8 league games heading into this. They still haven’t recorded an away victory this season but having chalked up 5 away draws, they will at least back themselves to not be rolled over by Villarreal. That being said, in terms of firepower, they can only look at their opponents in envy with the likes of Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer posing a genuine goal threat.

Villarreal vs Leganes Predictions

Score Prediction: 2-1 Villarreal

Villarreal do not look solid at the back and despite their problems, you can usually rely on Leganes to at least carry a threat from a set-piece situation. The visitors might just nick a goal but Villarreal have so much more quality in midfield and up front that it’s hard not to see this game ending with a home win.

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Villarreal vs Leganes H2H

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 5 Villarreal Wins, 1 Leganes Win.
  • All of the four 21st Century meetings at the Ceramica have seen Villarreal win 2-1.
  • The most recent was a 2-1 victory last April which helped the Yellow Submarine move towards safety.
  • Villarreal have won the last 5 meetings overall, including a 3-0 win at Butarque earlier this term.

Predicted Line Ups

Villarreal Team:

Asenjo – Moreno, Torres, Albiol, Pena – Trigueros, Iborra, Cazorla – Gomez, Alcacer, Moreno (4-3-3)

Leganes Team:

Cuellar – Silva, Awaziem, Omeruo, Siovas, Bustinza – Rodrigues, Perez, Eraso, Rodriguez – Carrillo (5-4-1)

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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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