Sevilla 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 of Spain’s UCL participants clash.
|Saturday 4th December 2021
|14:00 (local time)
Sevilla vs Villarreal Preview
A bumper Saturday of action in LaLiga starts at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan as Sevilla and Villarreal face off. Both have vital trips to come this week in the Champions League which will determine their respective futures in that competition so some rotation is possible and both coaches would probably have preferred an easier fixture this weekend.
With Real Madrid reeling off victory after victory, Sevilla can’t really afford many more slip-ups at the moment if they are going to remain in serious title contention. They were somewhat unfortunate to lose 2-1 at the Bernabeu last weekend having been held to a 2-2 home draw by Alaves in their previous game. They’ll be hoping to get back on track here and can count on one of LaLiga’s strongest home records with the Andalusian side averaging 2.67 points per game at the RSP, with that draw against Alaves their only slip-up to date.
Sevilla were hoping their key players would get a rare midweek off which would have helped preparations for this one. However Julen Lopetegui’s fringe players toiled in the Copa del Rey against Cordoba and Sevilla ultimately had to bring on the likes of Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, Joan Jordan and Lucas Ocampos, with the latter scoring an Extra Time winner at the Nuevo Arcangel. It’s safe to say few of their starters in that game against 4th tier opposition made much of a claim for more regular first team football and a lack of depth is perhaps a worry for Sevilla with their summer recruitment currently not looking as strong as it has been in previous years.
Villarreal by contrast had a simpler Copa del Rey task and made light work of it with an 8-0 demolition of Victoria CF on Tuesday. That match would have been a confidence boost for some players and was also significant in that key man Gerard Moreno made his return from injury off the bench.
Overall though, It does little to ease the pain of a very disappointing start to the season for the Yellow Submarine. While performances have often been better than results, a sequence of just one win and four defeats from their last seven league games is a big concern. They are creating plenty but continue to lack the finishing touch and there have been defensive frailties too with 13 goals conceded during those last 7 league fixtures, more than Sevilla have let in all season in LaLiga.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Sevilla Win, 2 Villarreal Wins, 3 Draws.
- Villarreal won 4-0 in the most recent meeting at the Ceramica in May.
- They’ve also avoided defeat on 4 of their last 5 trips to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
- However the exception was a 2-0 loss here last season.
Sevilla are still missing first team regulars Youssef En-Nesyri and Jesus Navas to injury. Erik Lamela is a major doubt.
Villarreal are close to full strength here but may not risk starting Gerard Moreno yet with a key UCL game coming next week.
Sevilla vs Villarreal Predictions
Score Prediction: Sevilla 2-1 Villarreal
With home advantage and Gerard Moreno unlikely to start or be at full fitness when he does come on, you have to favour Sevilla here. Villarreal play some good football but have fundamental issues with converting chances and keeping goals out. Sevilla look capable of getting all the points.
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