Villarreal vs. Leganes / Copa del Rey – In just over a month this will be the third match between Villarreal and Leganes, and in the last two Leganes has celebrated both times in their field. Villarreal is somewhat better at the championship table, because they are in sixth place with four points more than the ninth Leganes. The guests have one match less, while they celebrated last weekend minimally at home in La Liga, while Villarreal only played a draw in their field. In the first duel of the round of sixteen in the Cup finals, Leganes has celebrated with 1-0, and they also celebrated in the championship with 3-1 against Villarreal in the first match. Begins: 10.01.2018. –19:30 CET
Villarreal was again blundered when they did not expect it, or rather they have played two games without a win because were defeated by Leganes in the first duel of the Cup with 1-0, while they only played a draw with Deportivo at their stadium with a score of 1-1. It was not expected after two guest wins on the “hot terrain” in Vigo and Valencia. Both of these games were resolved in their favour with 1-0 and they played very well in defence, and we should especially mention the triumph on Mestalla in the neighbourhood derby with Valencia.
After this triumph in the Cup, coach Calleja has greatly mixed the cards when it comes to starting lineup and maybe that is the main reason for defeat. The strongest team played against Deportivo, but again without Bakambu who was injured, while Trigueros did not play due to suspension. There might be some changes, and maybe Cheryshev, Marin and Barbosa can get the chance.
Probable lineups Villarreal: Barbosa – Rukavina, V.Ruiz, Bonera, Marin – Trigueros, Fornals, Raba, Cheryshev – Bacca, Unal
There is nothing new in Leganes and last weekend they played another game with a few goals which they usually play this season no matter if they win or lose. They have played the match with the most goals this season against Villarreal, which ended with 3-1. They had one crisis when they were defeated in four duels in a row, but they are still in the middle of the table. They are now in a series of three games in which they have not scored. In the championship they played 0-0 against Levante, then they mastered Villarreal with 1-0 in the first match of round of sixteen in the Cup, while they on Sunday defeated Real Sociedad with the same result.
Coach Garitano has changed the team slightly in the Cup, while they played the championship matches mostly in the same team, with the proviso that they were without their striker Amrabata in the last round, who was excluded in duel against Levante, and it is interesting that he was the goal scorer in the first duel with Villarreal. Now he should be in the team again, with maybe a few other changes.
Probable lineups Leganes: Champagne – Tito, Bustinza, Siovas, Raul Garcia – Ruben Perez, Gumbau – El Zhar, Gabriel, Naranjo – Amrabat
Villarreal vs. Leganes PICK
Villarreal is a favourite in this game, but they have an awkward task because of the results of the first match as well as the fact that Leganes has a very strong defence. However, we believe that Villarreal has the power to triumph, and the question is whether it will be enough for placement in the quarter-finals.
Prediction Today: Villarreal wins