Villarreal vs Sporting Lisbon Preview, Tips and Odds

Villarreal will welcome Sporting Lisbon to El Madrigal on Thursday evening for their second leg meeting from the 1/16 finals in the Europa League. The Spanish side hold a one goal advantage from the first game and will try to make up to their own fans for the poor domestic form, as Villarreal are languishing in the relegation zone in their league.

Villarreal vs Sporting Lisbon Head to Head

Head to HeadLast H2H gameLast H2H gamesLast games home/away
VillarrealWin1 W/ 1 D/ 1 L0 W/ 1 D/ 0 L
Sporting LisbonLoss0 W/ 1 D/ 1 L0 W/ 1 D/ 0 L

Last game between the teams: 14.02.2019 Sporting Lisbon – Villarreal 0:1; Alfonso 3’; Marcos Acuna from the hosts was sent off for two yellow cards in the 77’
Last game at this venue: 26.07.2016 Villarreal – Sporting Lisbon 0:0

Worth mentioning: Just one goal was scored in the two meetings so far. Sporting Lisbon have never won in Spain from thirteen attempts (3 draws, 10 losses). Villarreal have met a Portuguese opponents in knock-out stages just once and despite winning at home, they were knocked out on aggregate.

Villarreal vs Sporting Lisbon Stats

As of 19.02Last gameLast 10 gamesLast 5 games home/away
VillarrealWin2 W/ 5 D/ 3 L1 W/ 3 D/ 1 L
Sporting LisbonWin4 W/ 3 D/ 3 L1 W/ 3 D/ 1 L

Last game Villarreal: 17.02.2019 Villarreal – Sevilla 3:0; Alvaro 20’, Kart Toko Ekanbi 45’, Alfonso 85’
Last game Sporting Lisbon: 17.02.2019 Sporting Lisbon – Braga 3:0; Bruno Fernandes 33’, Bas Dost 50’, 68’
Top performers Villarreal: Carlos Bacca 4 goals 1 assist, Kart Toko Ekanbi 4 goals, Santi Cazorla 3 goals 5 assists.
Top performers Sporting Lisbon: Bas Dost 14 goals, Bruno Fernandes 11 goals 6 assists, Luis Nani 7 goals 4 assists.

Last 10 gamesGoals scored:concededOver 2,5 goalsGoal / GoalClean sheets
Sporting Lisbon16:12572

Worth mentioning: Villarreal are enjoying an impressive European campaign as they have gone unbeaten in all seven games so far, while being on a streak of five consecutive clean sheets. The loss in the 1st leg meeting was the first time in ten games where Sporting were unable to break the opposition defense and this game is the only exception, as all the other four recent outings featured over 2,5 goals. A sign for optimism for the Portuguese side is that they lost just one from the team’s last six visits and have scored in eight consecutive away games.

Villarreal vs Sporting Lisbon News

Missing players Villarreal: Santiago Caseres and Jaume Costa will miss for sure, while Daniele Bonera and Bruno remain doubtful.
Missing players Sporting: Marcos Acuna and Rodrigo Andres Battaglia are sure absentees. Filipe Chaby, Luis Nani and Jeremy Mathieu are under question.

Villarreal vs Sporting Lisbon Predictions

Under 2,5 goals – 1.80 @ bet365

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