Match Preview: Sivasspor vs Villarreal Predictions & Analysis

Sivasspor vs Villarreal predictions

Sivasspor vs Villarreal predictions and match preview for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League group stage clash. Read on for analysis as the Yellow Submarine head to Turkey.

  • DATE: Thursday 3rd December 2020
  • KICK-OFF: 20:55 (Local time)
  • VENUE: Yeni Sivas 4 Eylül Stadyumu
  • COMPETITION: UEFA Europa League

Sivasspor vs Villarreal Preview


Sivasspor vs Villarreal match preview
Sivasspor Stadium via Recepsivas, CC BY-SA 4.0

Villarreal travel to Turkey this Thursday for the second time in their UEFA Europa League group. Their away game against Qarabag was moved to Istanbul and this week they are in the city of Sivas, some 500 miles further east. They have a clear mission to try and secure qualification for the knockout stage and they only need a draw to do that.

The Yellow Submarine do look like the class act in this group. They reeled off three straight wins to start their latest European campaign, firing in 12 goals in the process. However they rested a host of key players in Israel last week and could only draw 1-1 against Maccabi Tel-Aviv meaning they still have work to do to progress, although with 10 points already on the board they should be confident.

It has been a strong start to the campaign overall from Unai Emery’s team. They picked up a good result on Sunday, drawing 1-1 away to LaLiga leaders Real Sociedad and have only lost one competitive game so far in the 2020/21 season which strongly suggests they will get the job done here and seal their progress into the last 32 of this marathon competition.

Sivasspor have plenty to play for though and appear to most likely be battling with Maccabi for 2nd place in this group. They picked up a vital 3-2 against Qarabag last time out with former Sevilla and Levante forward Arouna Kone scoring twice. They’ve lost another league match since then though to slip down to 16th in the Turkish top flight and they have a number of selection issues ahead of this one with four players having tested positive for COVID-19 while they also have injury problems in the full-back position.


Sivasspor vs Villarreal Predictions


Score Prediction: Sivasspor 2-2 Villarreal

Villarreal are expected to rotate considerably again. They have the safety blanket of a home game against Qarabag (who are without a point) to come so there isn’t any huge pressure on them to deliver here but they ought to have enough to at least get the draw they need to book their place in the knockout stage against a depleted Sivasspor side. Both teams have been scoring and conceding plenty in this group so a relatively open affair could be on the cards.

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