|La Liga 2014-15|
| Valencia CF
||vs|| Villarreal CF
ScheduleSunday, 5 April 2015 at 15:00 GMT / 16:00 UK / 20:30 IST
Next Sunday, 5th of April 2015, an extremely moralized Valencia will measure forces with the always complicated Villarreal at Mestalla for round 29 of the Spanish Liga BBVA.
The Comunidad Valenciana derby does not come at the best of times for the visitors, who have only won one of their last five matches, but on the other hand, it comes at the perfect time for Los Che, who keep impressing week after week at La Liga.
Earlier during this season, Valencia’s head coach Nuno Espirito Santo was at the top of a list that included the most likely managers to be sacked on the first three months of the tournament. The truth is that the Portuguese boss proved everyone wrong and built up a super solid Valencia that are definitely one of the best teams at La Liga this season.
After an important draw at Vicente Calderón in the beginning of March, Valencia snatched two consecutive wins against Deportivo La Coruña and Elche, something that allowed them to overcome the current Spanish champions, Atlético Madrid, on the third place of the league table. Los Che are currently four points behind Real Madrid and eight points below the league leaders’, Barcelona. Their upcoming match against their Castellon’s neighbours, Villarreal, will definitely not be an easy one, but if Valencia want to maintain their current position at the table, they need to claim the three points.
As for Villarreal, the trip to Mestalla does not come at the best of times, especially if we have in mind the team’s recent results. El Submarino Amarillo has only won one of their last five matches and were eliminated from the UEFA Europa League at the hands of Sevilla after a very decent overall performance at the competition.
Marcelino Toral’s boys may not be living a positive period right now, but it is fair to say that they are one of the most impressive teams of La Liga this season, especially because of the quality standards of their game.
Two weeks ago, Villarreal have surprinsingly sucumbed at home against Sevilla once again thus conceding the seventh defeat of the season.
Given both sides’ recent performances, it is legitimate to claim that Valencia are firm favourites for the next Sunday’s match, nevertheless, they will certainly need to dig deep in order to overcome their neighbours Villarreal.
Stats: W-4 L-1 D-0
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Stats: W-1 L-3 D-1
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Valencia (4-3-3) – Alves - Barragan - Mustafi - Otamendi - Gaya - Javi Fuego - Dani Parejo - André Gomes - Piatti - Paco Alcácer - Feghouli
Villarreal (4-4-2) - Ansejo - Rukavina - Bailly - Musacchio - Costa - Pina - Marcos - Campbell - Gomez - Moreno - Vietto
Enzo Pérez (inj)
Denis Cheryshev (inj)
Bruno Soriano (inj)
|02.11.14||PRI||Villarreal||Valencia||1 : 3|
|28.05.14||CLU||Villarreal||Valencia||0 : 1|
|23.03.14||PRI||Valencia||Villarreal||2 : 1|
|27.10.13||PRI||Villarreal||Valencia||4 : 1|
|05.05.12||PRI||Valencia||Villarreal||1 : 0|
Valencia 2 Villarreal 0
Valencia 2 Villarreal 1