Villarreal vs Gijon by Jimeno
Villarreal comes from a morale boosting victory last Tuesday evening, as the side managed to surprise everyone and pull out a narrow 1:0 victory away from home against Atletico Madrid. Only goal was scored in 82nd minute via Soriano, in one of rare chances for the visiting side.
Players of Atletico were better and far more superior at start, however somehow lowered their tempo and looked more passive in the second, as they missed plenty of good chances to take the lead during the first halftime, but then got punished for their misses in the last phase of the match. Villarreal is now at fifth position, having five points less than Sevilla and need a victory badly here if they want to chase Champions League exit, but also to keep Europa League status as they are just four points above seventh placed Bilbao.
Hosts should be playing with Bakambu and Soldado in attack in probably 4-4-2 formation. Suspended duo for this match is central defender Mateo Musacchio (22/0) and left back Jaume Costa (30/1). Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (24/0), central defender Victor Ruiz (28/1) and offensive midfielder Denis Cheryshev (11/0) are injured.
Sporting Gijon, on the other side, comes from just a point taken in front of own fans on Tuesday evening as the team welcomed Espanyol in a must win situation, but just took a point in a game which was their sixth consecutive game without a victory.
They took the lead first, in 39th minute via Rodriguez and looked just slightly better than the opponents, but the game ended as a draw due a goal from Moreno in 55th minute, while neither of the sides risked a lot towards the end of the game. With this point taken, the side remained at eighteenth position with twenty-four points earned, which is six points less than safely placed Leganes and with very little chances for salvation.
Visitors from Gijon are set to play in 4-3-3 formation, with Rodriguez, Cop and Burgui as forwards. Moi Gomez returns from suspension and should start in the midfield. Left back Roberto Canella is doubtful for this one, similar to right back Lillo, midfielder Sergio Alvarez and striker Lacina Traore, all four very important players.
- Villarreal have won 6 of their last 7 home matches against Sporting Gijon.
- Villarreal have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Sporting Gijon.
Villarreal managed to pull out another victory last time out, while the team now remains in a must win situation as they aim European exit. Gijon also needs a victory here, but I see an in-form home team previaling here with ease.