Villarreal and Osasuna will look to get all 3 points when they face each other at Estadio de la Cerámica in the La Liga on Sunday.
Villarreal Match Form
The Yellow Submarine are having a fine season this time around, especially after finishing 14th last year. They are currently 8th in the league table, with 31 points from 21 games. The Valencia club is just 3 points behind the last European spot, currently occupied by an excellent Real Sociedad.
On the other hand, they are level on points with Athletic Bilbao and are relatively safe from a bottom-half finish. Thus, the onus for Javier Calleja’s men will be to perform well consistently and give themselves a great chance of clinching one European spot in May, easier said than done.
After beating Alaves 2-1 away from home in the last league game with goals from Carlos Bacca and Fernando Nino Bejarano, the Yellow Submarine will look to pick up another win in this one.
Osasuna Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Osasuna are having one of the best seasons by a promoted team. Los Rojillos finished first in the Segunda Division and have continued their fine form into the Spanish top flight.
Jagoba Arrasate’s men are currently 10th in the La Liga, with 28 points from 21 games. While Granada and Real Betis are just a point behind, the Navarre club will be more interested in looking upwards. They are 3 points behind Bilbao in 9th and Villarreal in 8th.
Thus, a huge victory at Estadio de la Cerámica could see them upstage their hosts and the manager will definitely motivate the players with the same. After defeating Levante 2-0 with goals from Ruben Garcia and Inigo Perez in the previous league game, confidence will be high for the visitors.
In terms of team news, the home side will miss Xavi Quintilla due to suspension while there are question marks over the availability of former Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno.
Coming to their opponents, Darko Brasanac is suspended while Ezequiel Avila is ruled out of the season with an ACL injury.
Villarreal vs Osasuna H2H & Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, Villarreal have won 13 to Osasuna’s 10 in 30 meetings so far. There has been just 1 clean sheet in the last 5 clashes with the Yellow Submarine winning 4 of them. However, the visitors did win the most recent one.
Overall, those 5 games witnessed 19 goals, and another goal-fest could be on the cards. While Arrasate’s men did register back-to-back clean sheets in the league, they have failed to do so in the 6 games prior to them.
Meanwhile, Villarreal have failed to register a clean sheet in any of their last 3 league games and can be expected to concede once again. However, recent form is firmly in the favor of the hosts, winning 4 of their last 5 league games while Osasuna have won just one of their last 5 matches in the league.
Thus, recent head-to-head and form point to a home win but considering Osasuna’s form this season, a close 2-1 win can be expected for Villarreal.
Villarreal Predicted XI: Asenjo; Mario, Albiol, Funes, Moreno; Iborra; Chukwueze, Trigueros, Cazorla, Gomez; Bacca
Osasuna Predicted XI: Herrera; Vidal, Hernandez, Garcia, Estupinan; Torres, Perez, Moncayola, Garcia; Cardona, Adrian