Valencia vs Villarreal by Jimeno
Valencia surprised actually a bit last weekend as the team wasn't expected to get a three pointer away to Espanyol last Saturday evening, but the team still managed to walk away with a victory thanks to a goal from Gaya in 75th minute. Overall, it wasn't that interesting match and we could say that the draw would have been much more fair outcome.
Espanyol even did a bit more in attack, however Valencia looked just a bit more willing to risk towards the end and sealed the victory fiften minutes before the end, without their goal being specially jeopardized from then on. It was their second consecutive victory, with the previous won at home against Osasuna 4:1, as the team stands at 12th position and can't change much in last round of LaLiga.
Valencia should be set playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Zaza as central striker, but also with Nani, Soler and Moreno as offensive midfielders. Offensive midfielder Fabian Orellana (16/1) is suspended for this one, while central defender Ezequiel Garay (31/4) remains out injured.
Villarreal, on the other side, was chasing a victory last Sunday evening and the team had a great chance since they welcomed Deportivo La Coruna that is afterall one of the worst sides in LaLiga, but the team stood to a goalless draw even though they looked more superior for the most of the clash.
Players of Villarreal much more of the ball possession and chances created, however with little number of shots on goal. As the time progressed, players from La Coruna stood more and more defensive, doing almost nothing in attack especially in the second halftime, but the goal never came for Yellow Submarine. The team is now at fifth position with just a point more than Athletic Bilbao and Sociedad, so they are in a must win situation for this one.
Visitors should be set in their typical 4-4-2 formation with Soldado and Bakambu as strikers. Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (24/0) and offensive midfielder Denis Cheryshev (11/0) both remain injured for some time now already. Other offensive midfielder Samu Catillejo (33/2) is suspended for this one, with couple of players being doubtful such as central defender Victor Ruiz, offensive Roberto Soriano or midfielder Manu Trigueros, but all with chances to start.
Valencia looked decently well in previous two matches and even though they have no competitive motive for this one, I'm sure that their eleven will try to impress in the last game of the season against one of their bigger rivals. Villarreal is now in a must win situation and the team needs to play more openly.