Villarreal vs Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 7 December 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Villarreal know that they will finish first in the group even if they lose this game. They are three points ahead of second-placed Slavia Prague, and in case they finish level on point, they have the advantage. They drew 2-2 at home(!), but right after that, they won 2-0 in Prague. They have conceded five goals in their five group matches thus far, and it’s interesting that three of those were at home (two to Slavia, and one to Astana). Last weekend they lost 3-1 at Leganés, despite taking the lead in the 60th minute, and staying 1-0 up until the 72nd(!). Somehow, they… collapsed in the last 20 minutes, conceding three(!) goals. Back-to-back losses in LaLiga, and a draw before that (so, just one point from their last three matches), have left them 6th, seven whole points behind 5th-placed Sevilla.
Two weeks ago I made it very clear that I didn’t expect Maccabi Tel Aviv to get anything from their home game against Slavia, I suggested the visitors’ win at 2,20, adding that keeping a clean sheet as well felt very probable, and Maccabi lost 2-0 indeed, their fourth defeat in five group matches. They have earned just one point thus far, ironically, against leaders Villareal, at home. They will finish last regardless of what they do in this game. Last weekend they drew 1-1 at home to Ashdod, second draw in a row, four points dropped, leaving them fourth in the table in Israel’s championship, five points behind co-leaders Hapoel Haifa and Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Previous five matches:
Leganés vs Villarreal 3-1
Villarreal vs Ponferradina 3-0
Villarreal vs Sevilla 2-3
Astana vs Villarreal 2-3
Athletic Bilbao vs Villarreal 1-1
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Ashdod 1-1
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Ironi Kiryat Shmona 2-0
Hapoel Haifa vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 2-2
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Slavia Prague 0-2
Hapoel Ra’anana vs Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-1
Villarreal’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Barcelona (Spain LaLiga). A day later, Maccabi will be visiting Maccabi Petah Tikva (Israel championship).
Villarreal vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Head to head Stats
The game earlier this season was the first ever between these two.
Villarreal vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Prediction
Three days after this game, Villarreal are hosting Barcelona. As previously mentioned, they will finish first in the group even if they lose this match. After that… crazy 3-1 loss at Leganés though, I expect them to look motivated enough to… improve their image, giving themselves a morale boost ahead of Sunday’s game.
Villarreal vs Maccabi Tel Aviv: Betting Tips
A simple Villarreal win pays just 1.33. Both their previous home games in the group had several goals (four each). “Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.60, still kind of low, but combined with Villarreal’s win, it goes up to a decent 1.83, which is my main tip.
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