Valencia vs Villarreal predictions and match preview for Saturday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as two local rivals meet at Mestalla.
|Saturday 30th October 2021
|18:30 (local time)
Valencia vs Villarreal Preview
There is a derby clash in the Valencia Community on Saturday as Valencia and Villarreal face off at Mestalla. It’s a big game for both coaches with neither Unai Emery nor Jose Bordalas happy with recent results but a derby win would help ease their recent woes.
The difficulty of this Valencia job under the current circumstances will be starting to hit home for Bordalas. Los Che have gone 7 games without a victory since an impressive 4-1 win at Osasuna and they’ve consistently come up a bit short against the stronger sides. That was certainly the case in midweek when they were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline at the Benito Villamarin against Real Betis.
The biggest doubts right now for Valencia are perhaps in midfield. Carlos Soler’s injury problems have caused a real problem for Bordalas and they badly miss his creativity and goal threat when he doesn’t play. They do have options with the likes of Uros Racic, Yunus Musah and Helder Costa all only featuring off the bench on Wednesday night but whoever plays, Valencia do look a little bit short on quality in the middle of the park.
Villarreal have also been missing a few key man to injury with Gerard Moreno sidelined again here. However the Yellow Submarine have significantly more in terms of quality in midfield, largely thanks to players they bought from Valencia last year with Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin both likely to start here against their old club. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of reception they get given there were no fans present for their meetings with Valencia last season.
The visitors come into this game a point worse off than their opponents which is not a great reflection on their efforts this season. Villarreal have already spurned far too many points in poor circumstances and have taken just 1 point from their last 3 league games. Even that nearly didn’t come with Arnaut Danjuma’s 95th equaliser earning them a 3-3 draw on Wednesday night at home to Cadiz, in a game they were certainly expecting to win.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 4 Valencia Wins, 2 Villarreal Wins.
- The sides have met 4 times at Mestalla since the start of 2019 with Valencia winning each time.
- They were 2-1 victors in this fixture in March.
- Villarreal won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the Ceramica.
Thierry Correia and Maxi Gomez are the most significant of the six injury absentees Valencia have for this game. Carlos Soler is a doubt again but may be fit enough to feature from the off after Bordalas decided not to risk him in Seville.
Gerard Moreno and Juan Foyth are sidelined through injury for the visitors who may rotate slightly following their midweek game.
Predicted Valencia Starting Lineup:
Cillessen – Gaya, Alderete, Paulista, Foulquier – Duro, Guillamon, Wass, Soler – Guedes, Andre (4-4-2)
Predicted Villarreal Starting Lineup:
Rulli – Pedraza, Torres, Albiol, Aurier – Capoue, Coquelin, Parejo – Danjuma, Dia, Chukwueze (4-3-3)
Valencia vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: Valencia 2-2 Villarreal
This isn’t an easy one to call with both teams seemingly having forgotten how to win football matches. Villarreal are certainly the better team on paper, particularly given the injury problems Valencia have, but they just seem some way short of their best at the moment with frequent defensive lapses allowing their opponents too many chances. A draw may be the most likely outcome here.