Villarreal can go fourth on the table when they play Eibar in the 11th round of La Liga match on Thursday night (IST). The Yellow Submarine are currently occupying the 11th spot following three wins in the last four games, while the hosts are looking to avoid three consecutive defeats.
Eibar surprised one and all by winning consecutive promotions in 2013 and 2014. Though the first season didn't go as planned as they Eibar finished 18th in the league, they avoided relegation after Elche were punished for financial reasons. They have stayed up since then, managing their best ever 9th finish in 2017-18, finishing 12th last year.
So it seems that Eibar could struggle this season. They have just 9 points from 10 games, with just one point separating them from the relegation zone.
Villarreal, meanwhile, are on the up if their performance in the first 10 games is anything to go by. They have accumulated 17 points from the first 10 games and can break into top-four with a win at Eibar.
Match Timing: October 31, 11: 30 PM (IST)
Venue: Ipurua Municipal Stadium
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Eibar Team News:
Rober Correa remains out for Eibar at the moment, while Ivan Ramis, who picked up a knock in the training, is also on the sideline.
Head coach José Luis Mendilibar should continue with Anaitz Arbilla and Paulo Oliveira at centre back as Ivan Ramis recovers from injury. Pablo de Blasis should get the nod at right-back due to Rober Correa's unavailability.
Eibar squad to face Villarreal:
Goalkeeper: Yoel, Dmitrovic
Defenders: Esteban Burgos, R. Bigas, P. Oliveira, Cote, Arbilla, A. Tejero
Midfielders: Escalante, P. Diop, Edu Exposito, Orellana, De Blasis, P. Leon, Inui
Attackers: Quique Gonzalez, Sergi Enrich, Kike Garcia, Charles L.C.
Villarreal Team News:
Villarreal have a number of absentees ahead of this match. All of Bruno Soriano, Ramiro Guerra, Manuel Morlanes, Alberto Moreno and Rubert Pena will be missing the trip to Eibar due to injuries.
S. Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, R. Albiol, Pau, Funes Mori, Gerard, S. Cazorla, Bacca, Iborra, Chukwueze, Andrés Fdez, M. Trigueros, Quintillà, Toko Ekambi, Anguissa, R. Peña, Moi Gómez, J. Ontiveros, Migue
Eibar: Dmitrovic (GK), Cote, Arbilla, Oliveira, Blasis, Exposito, Escalante, Diop, Leon, Enrich, Orellana
Villarreal: Asenjo (GK), Gaspar, Mori, Torres, Quintilla, Cazorla, Iborra, Anguissa, Ontiveros, Chukwueze, Bacca
EIB vs VIL Dream11 teams:
To be updtaed!