Villarreal vs Hercules by Sunshine

Without presenting a great display last weekend, Villarreal managed to win over Ponfredina on the road, by a narrow 1:0 result. The only goal was scored by Pandiani, who is becoming important player for them scoring two goals already, although he is in the club for three weeks only.

In the midweek, playing at Copa del Rey, they failed to build up on their performance and lost to Ponfredina, same team they won few days before, this time with 0:2 score. It's obvious that the hosts still have to find their form and to start playing fluently in the attack, but even so, they have players of great individual quality surely worth of Primera. Those players, even without fluent play from the whole team, can make the difference in most of the matches. With ten points earned in first four rounds, Villarreal is already second at the table, but still they know that they aren't playing well and that they need to improve in order to stay at the top of the table. Villarreal will be without attacking players Bordas and Rossi, but still, it's less problems than they had in previous games when selecting the team.

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Hercules, on the other side, didn't start the season as expected, as they were battling for a Primera last season, while they lost all three matches at the beginning of the season this time. Lugo, Elche and Alcorcon were too much for them at the beginning, scoring only one goal in these three matches, but they finally managed to get a positive result winning against Girona last weekend 2:1 at home.

Although they earned the victory, their performance wasn't impressive as they played very carefully, perhaps even fearful, but were lucky to play against a team that made too many defensive mistakes that cost them of points in this game. However, it seems to be just a good night for them, as they continued losing in midweek Copa del Rey game this time, 0:2 away to Sabadell. Win over Girona and the first points of the season brought a bit more relaxed atmosphere in the club, but the situation is still not perfect and the players are under pressure to start perfoming better from game to game. Defenders Juanra and Sergio Diaz are out for this clash, just as Braulio striker who scored the first goal against Girona.

Neither of these two teams impressed so far with their performances, but Villarreal is making much better results. Home team is clearly better team, more experienced and have much more individual quality in the lineup. If they start performing fluently in this game, even big margin win shouldn't be a surprise.

Bet: Villarreal Win @1.78 with Pinnacle Sports

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