Leganes v Villarreal – Butarque at 11:00 Live at Sky Sports

Leganes were sitting as high as fifth in La Liga as recently as late October but a four-match losing streak has sent the Cucumber Growers plummeting into mid-table. The Madrid minnows’ lack of goals is beginning to catch up with them.

Asier Garitano’s group flew out of the traps with their well-drilled rearguard helping the capital club to seven clean sheets from their opening nine outings. Of the three goals they had shipped, two were long-range strikes, and no Spanish side had faced as few on-target efforts.

Leganes’ limited game-plan was flourishing although there was one caveat. The Cucumber Growers had faced only one top-half team with five of their victories arriving against the current bottom-eight in La Liga.

Leganes struggling against the leading lights

The last four fixtures have all come against top-half teams with Sunday’s hosts notching just once as they’ve fallen to defeat on each occasion despite a series of encouraging displays. The fact Garitano’s charges have scored the second-fewest amount of goals in the division has certainly played a huge part.

On Sunday, Leganes welcome Villarreal to the Estadio Municipal de Butarque and the home side will be searching for their first triumph at home to a top-half team since arriving in the top-flight. The Madrid men have managed just W0-D7-L6 in their previous 13 matches with La Liga’s leading lights.

To make matters worse, key midfielder Ruben Perez remains a major doubt and in the past 14 games he’s missed, Leganes have lost on 11 occasions, only pocketing maximum points against a very poor Osasuna side last season.

Villarreal value to avoid defeat

Villarreal arrives looking to right last weekend’s wrongs. The Yellow Submarine took an encouraging 2-0 lead against Sevilla on home soil through Carlos Bacca and Cedric Bakambu but contrived to chuck away their advantage, losing 3-2.

It was the first league defeat under Javier Calleja’s watch who was promoted from the B-team following Fran Escriba’s sacking earlier in the campaign. Villarreal have held Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao to draws on their travels under Calleja so repeating the feat should well within their range.

However, Villarreal’s outstanding W8-D4-L3 return from trips to bottom-half opponents since the start of last season make the 1.98 available on the Yellow Submarine off a scratch 0 start on the Asian Handicap line very appealing. We’ll see our stake returned should the points be shared but pick up a full pay-out if the visitors collect maximum points.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Villarreal DNB at 1.960

By @MarkOHaire

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