Sevilla V/S Villarreal: Match Preview

Introduction

It’s the most awaited match of the La Liga at the end of 2020 where Sevilla will be hosting Villarreal at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Villarreal is not at all an easy opponent in the current situation. They are already holding 4th position leaving FC Barcelona behind at 5th place. If Sevilla can grab a win they will be sharing equal points with Villarreal. Lopetegui’s side has a well-balanced and stable defense with the midfield. On the other hand, Villareal has some level of creativity in attacking as well as midfield positions.

Build up

Villarreal has shared equal points with Athletic Club in the last game. Whereas Sevilla FC won 3 points in their last meeting against Valencia in the away game. Villareal are in 4th place and their win against Sevilla will take them to 3rd place followed by Real Sociedad and Barcelona. If Lopetegui side wins then they will be having 26 points which will share equal points with Real Sociedad and Villareal. Villarreal has just lost 1 game and drawn 8 matches. But Sevilla has won 7 games and drawn just 2 games with 4 losses. The only target of Lopetegui’s side is to grab 3 points and secure a good position tonight.

Both Mangers - Lopetegui (Sevilla) and Unai Emery(Villareal)
Both Mangers – Lopetegui (Sevilla) and Unai Emery(Villareal)

Head to Head

Sevilla has had a bad experience in past few years against Villarreal CF. In the last season Sevilla shared equal points on the away game but by 2-1 in their home meeting. In the 2018-19 season, Villarreal won 3-0 against Sevilla in their home game and a goalless draw in the away meeting. Villareal won 3-1 against Osasuna in their last away match in December but in the last meeting, they ended up with a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao.

Sevilla form in La Liga- W W L W D W

Villarreal form in La Liga- D D D D W D

Team News and Tactics

Sevilla

Bono will be on the pitch from the starting of the game in place of Vaclik who has an injury. Ivan Rakitic is expected to be seen in midfield. Suso and En Nesyri can be seen in the attack.

Probable Formation- 4-3-3

GK- Bono,

Defense- J. Navas, D. Carlos, Kounde, M. Acuna,

Midfield -I. Rakitic, Torres, Jordan,

Attack – Ocampos, En Nesyri, Suso

Sevilla team
Sevilla team

Villarreal

Villareal’s dependable forward Paco Alcacer also remains on the sideline. Pena and Pervis Estupian can be seen in defense.

Probable Formation- 4-3-3

GK-Asenjo,

Defense- Pena, Albio, Torres, Estupinan,

Midfield- Trigueros, Foyth, Parejo,

Attack- G.Moreno, Nino, Gomez

Villareal team
Villareal team

Stats

Sevilla and Villarreal have met 42 times before and Sevilla won 20 games, Villareal 10, 12 draws. Villarreal is looking to complete their final game of 2020 with victory and a secure position at the league table after Christmas.

Players to watch out for

Villarreal

Daniel Parejo

A consistent midfielder with lots of experience in the midfield, already played 13 games in this season a scoring a goal and an assist. He will be a key player in the game tonight.

Moreno and Parejo (Villareal CF)
Moreno and Parejo (Villarreal CF)

Gerard Moreno

Moreno has been a dependable forwards for Emery’s side this season who have already scored 8 goals in 13 games with an assist. So many expectations from this Spanish forward.

Sevilla

Ivan Rakitic

A perfect holding midfield Sevilla has got in their side. The Croatian and former Barcelona midfielder is ready to execute his moves and eagerly looking to grab the victory after a loss against Valencia in the last game.

Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla FC)
Ivan Rakitic and Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla FC)

Lucas Ocampos

This Argentine forward has scored 2 goals in the last 13 games in the LaLiga this season with 2 assists. So Ocampos will also be in the spotlight of the game.

Conclusion

Overall the match is going to be awesome and Sevilla fans and supporters are only wishing for 3 points as their Christmas gift. The Villarreal side is not an easy opponent at all for the hosts.

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