On 21st December, Vilarreal v Alaves will play their rescheduled Week 4 fixture on our website. All odds and statistics for the match can be found at 1xbet.ng.
The yellow sub tries to take over the league
Villarreal, to put it mildly, are not impressive in the current season of the Primera Division, occupying only 11th place in the standings, the gap from the top 6 is as much as 7 points. In the last round they managed to beat Real Sociedad 3-1 away, it must be said that the winning goals were already scored on the power play. The less-than-bright results in the league can partly be put down to the European competition, where the team managed to reach the Champions League last 16. The club could well go further, because Juventus do not look that formidable at the moment. There is an urgent need to rectify the situation in the league, because it will be impossible to win the Europa League as they did last season, and the Champions League is too tough competition. Two players will miss this meeting due to injuries.
Alaves are already among the outsiders
Alaves are not doing well, the club is only 18th in the league and has to fight for survival. The team is trailing only in extra points behind Getafe and Elche, with a game in hand. In the last round, the Basques lost 0-2 away to Rayo Vallecano without much opposition. The chances of salvation are good, however, it is time for the club to break the series of failures, the club is not winning in five meetings in a row. Injuries will keep two players off the pitch.
As the statistics of face-to-face encounters show, the rivals regularly play together productively, with at least three goals scored in the last nine meetings. Last season the clubs traded home wins, Villarreal winning 3-1 and Alaves responding with a 2-1 victory.
Both opponents are seriously motivated in tournament terms and will play to win. Villarreal are the favourites, there is no question about that, Emery’s charges are higher class and play on home field. Alaves are capable of putting up decent resistance, but whether that will be enough to gain points is still unclear. An attractive bet here is a clear win for the home side.