Villarreal v Valencia – El Madrigal at 19:45 Live at Sky Sports
Villarreal ended Celta Vigo’s hopes of European football next season with a comprehensive and end-to-end 4-1 victory over the Galicians. A first-half hat-trick from Carlos Bacca had given the Yellow Submarine a 3-1 lead at the break before Samu Castillejo completed the rout in second-half stoppage-time.
Javier Calleja’s charges are now in a strong position to seal a Europa League qualification berth but are now looking to take their foot off the pedal as the campaign draws to a conclusion despite the entertaining nature of last weekend’s win.
Celta spurned three good opportunities and Bacca hit the woodwork before opening the scoring in the 13th minute. Indeed, the frantic encounter could easily have been four goals apiece at the interval as the two teams traded attacks and efforts on goal.
Villarreal decent value
Having now pocketed back-to-back La Liga victories, the Yellow Submarine will be looking to topple their regional rivals at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday night. And Villarreal certainly looks capable of doing so and are well worth supporting off a -0.25 Asian Handicap start at 1.98.
The hosts have already turned Atletico Madrid and Real Betis over here this season, as well as holding Atleti away, beating Real Madrid, as well as Saturday’s visitors Valencia, on their travels this term. In fact, Barcelona is the only team from La Liga’s top four to beat Villarreal this season.
Surprise package Valencia look to be limping over the line after being held to a draw by Eibar last time out. That result at the Mestalla meant Marcelinho’s men are winless in four fixtures now with their head coach suggesting ‘anxiety’ in seeking to clinch Champions League qualification was to blame.
Los Che can still mathematically be caught by Betis but such a scenario looks hugely unlikely. Valencia enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and opportunities but despite having 16 attempts on goal, only five troubled Eibar’s goalkeeper on a frustrating afternoon.
Now Marcelinho’s men take to the road again having won just four of their past 11 games as guests, three of which came at bottom-six sides. Indeed, Los Che has lost three times in their trips to top-eight teams this term and a more focussed Villarreal outfit could add to that tally on Saturday.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Villarreal -0.25 at 1.980