Las Palmas v Villarreal – Gran Canaria at 17:30 Live at Sky Sports
Following a series of drubbings in January, Las Palmas has reverted back to basics. Paco Jemez has worked to fix the side’s leaky defense, and this is evident through the fact the Canary Islanders have shipped no more than six shots on-target in each of their last seven La Liga matches.
Performances and results have picked up and Las Palmas have lost just two of their last six. The Yellows avoided defeat against Barcelona in that run, while both losses were by just the single goal at home to Sevilla and away at Celta Vigo.
Villarreal’s barren recent run
Villarreal currently holds the final Europa League spot but have hit a barren run of late. The Yellow Submarine began the season grinding out results and keeping clean sheets, however, they’ve won just one of their last six, winning only three of their last 10 encounters.
Top scorer Cedric Bakambu left for Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guojan last month and could prove a blow considering they’ve failed to score more than the single goal in eight consecutive matches.
Each of their last four matches has seen two or less goals and they’ve conceded three or fewer shots on-target in seven successive league games, which suggests that Javier Calleja’s team are still adept at restricting chances and keeping things tight.
Las Palmas missing key component
Ironically, the influential midfielder Jonathan Viera recently departed Las Palmas for Beijing Guojan too. He’s been directly involved in 35% of the hosts’ La Liga goals, and no doubt his creativity will be missed. Only Jonathan Calleri of the current squad has scored more than the single goal in La Liga this season.
Four of Las Palmas’ last six games have seen Under 2.5 Goals, with the anomalies coming against Sevilla who went into that game scoring in 12 of 13 consecutive games, and away at Celta who had scored two or more goals in four consecutive home games.
Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals at 1.920
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