VAL vs VIL Dream11: Valencia will be looking to get back to winning way when they host Villarreal in La Liga at Mestalla Stadium, on Saturday night (IST). Both the teams have endured an inconsistent campaign and a long way behind the target each team must have set for itself at the start of the campaign.
Valencia: The Los Che come into this game following a pulsating game against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League. Both the teams looked high and dry in defence, always giving a feeling a goal was about to come on either side of the pitch. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, and it's the English team which left the game with happy faces, as Frank Lampard's men sit above them in the table, with Valencia's Champions League destiny not in their own hands.
But the fate of the domestic campaign remains in their own hands. The season is only a shade over one-third old, plenty of time to make amends for the poor start.
That said, the Los Che will have to do better than the two wins they managed in the last six league games, including a 2-1 defeat at Real Betis last weekend.
Villarreal: Villarreal have struggled even more, but most of their problems are recent, as they lost three times in the last four league games. Before that, the Yellow Submarine had only two defeats in the first 10 league games. It's a good indicator that Villarreal are in a deep quagmire in the immediate scheme of things.
Villarreal's last game as a 1-3 home defeat against Celta Vigo, a result which followed another disappointing 3-1 defeat at RCD Mallorca.
Competition: La Liga
Match Venue: Mestalla Stadium
Match Timing: Sunday 31, @01:30 AM
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You can see there's a lack of confidence in both Valencia and Villarreal as of now, and trends are not what you would say “clear-cut” in favour of either team.
Valencia to win: 2.40 (7/5), Probability to happen: 41.67%
Villarreal to win: 2.90 (19/10), Probability to happen: 34.48%
Draw: 3.40 (12/5), Probability to happen: 29.41%
Valencia team news: Left-back Jaume Costa has been ruled out of this match following an injury in the Champions League match against Chelsea. Centre-back Ezequiel Garay also came out injured from that game and won't feature in this game.
Those two players are the new entries on Valencia's growing injury list, with Cristiano Piccini, Gonçalo Guedes, Denis Cheryshev, Mouctar Diakhaby, and Geoffrey Kondogbia all remaining out at this moment.
Head coach Albert Celades will have to make changes due to fresh injury issues. Daniel Wass is definitely going to fill in for Costa at right-back, while Eliaquim Mangala is the likeliest candidate to feature at the centre-back, partnering Gabriel Paulista in the heart of the defence.
Goalkeeper: Domenech, Cillessen
Defenders: Paulista, Mangala, Jimenez, Gaya, Wass, Thierry
Midfielders: Parejo, Coquelin, Soler, Ferran, Esquerdo
Attackers: Gameiro, M. Gomez, Rodrigo, Vallejo, Sobrino
Villarreal team news: As for the visitors, there are a lot of issues. Vicente Iborra is suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards, while Bruno Soriano, Ramiro Guerra, Alberto Moreno and Santiago Caseres are all out injured at this moment.
Likely changes: Frank Anguissa is expected to replace Iborra in the midfield, while Samu Chukwueze is expected to start out on the left-hand side for Javi Calleja.
Valencia: Jasper Cillessen (GK), Jose Gaya, Gabriel Paulista, Ezequiel Garay, Daniel Wass, Ferran Torres, Daniel Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Carlos Soler, Maxi Gomez, Rodrigo Moreno
Villarreal: Sergio Asenjo (GK), Ruben Pena, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Xavi Quintilla, Anguissa, Moi Gomez, Santi Cazorla, Samuel Chukwueze, Gerard Moreno, Karl Toko-Ekambi
Defenders: Paulista, Gaya, Albiol
Midfielders: D Parejo (C), Ferran Torres, S Cazorla (VC), Anguissa, M Gomez
Attackers: M Gomez, G Moreno
Valencia are unbeaten at home this season. but they have also drawn four times in seven games at Mestalla. Villarreal, on the other hand, have lost five times in the first seven away games.
Valencia are in a better form actually, and we back them to get something out of this match.