Sevilla Challenges Villarreal for the Last Champions League SpotPublished March 13, 2016 by Florin P
Sevilla keeps chasing elusive Champions League berth ahead of Villarreal visit (3:00 p.m UK Time).
Sevilla is a curiosity for football experts and fans alike, as the multiple Europa League winner is still chasing its first victory on the road. Their inability to defeat even the worst Spanish teams is puzzling on many levels, but they are a force to be reckoned with when they play at home. Villarreal is fully aware of the strength of its opponents, but it has a couple of aces up its sleeves and won’t hesitate to play them.
The First Defeat in Three Months
Villarreal was firing on all cylinders and won five consecutive games at home, while splitting points on the road in most cases. They advanced to the next stage of Europa League after eliminating Napoli, one of the top favorites. Nobody could’ve predicted their complete meltdown at home against Las Palmas, a team that is struggling to avoid relegation.
Fatigue could be blamed for their subpar performance, but this makes little difference and the team needs to put that defeat behind it. The best way to fire back would be to win on the road against Sevilla and they’ve got the instruments needed to succeed. Even though four players are missing, they are evenly distributed among all departments and their absence should go unnoticed.
No Draw for Sevilla at Home
In addition to being the only team yet to win a game on the road, Sevilla is also the only Spanish squad that hasn’t ended the game undecided at home. The first 11 was used so often in many competitions that it is not surprising that injuries are piling up quickly.
The difficult match against Basel in Europa League further amplifies the pressure on their shoulders and is worth highlighting the fact that they won just once in the last five games. It’s hard to go against Sevilla when it has home pitch advantage, but Villarreal is priced at odds of 6/5 by bet365 Sports to win or draw.