Counting the cup contests with their hopes of shining in the 2018/2019 season, Villarreal will make their debut in the last 16 of the King’s Cup on Wednesday, January 9. At the La Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, ahead of Espanyol in the first match of the duel, which begins scheduled for 17h30 (Brasília time). The second match in Barcelona was scheduled for January 17.The tournament had unique and eliminatory games in its first three phases. The start of the fourth stage, which marked the entrance of the teams of the elite division of Spanish football, began to be played in the knockout round-robin games. For the definition, in case of equality in the number of points won, the goal balance and goals scored outside the home are used as tie-break criteria.
For the Yellow Submarine, the Spanish Championship was limited to a fight against relegation. With 17 points (three wins, eight draws and seven losses), the team is not in good condition, but has the technical resources to imagine a significant improvement in results and already showing an upward trajectory after the change of command (three draws and a victory), such a threat is losing strength.Thus, the focus of Villarreal should even turn to the hearts. The main one is the Europa League, where even before the change of coach the team managed to avoid the contamination of the bad results of the Spanish Championship. In this way, advanced to the second phase and will have as a rival in the debut of the knockout stage Sporting Portugal.In the King’s Cup, the debut was before the tiny Almeria. It started with a scare. There was a 3-2 draw at the rival’s home. However, in the return game, Villarreal thrashed 8-0 to show they are taking the tournament very seriously.For Wednesday’s duel, coach Luis Garcia, who took command at the end of the first half of December and has not yet lost, must face two injuries due to injuries. They are in the infirmary reserve keeper Mariano Barbosa and defender Juan Llambrich.
After suffering six straight defeats in the Spanish Championship, Espanyol welcomed 2019 by breaking this uncomfortable sequence. On Friday, January 4, in Barcelona, he scored 1-0 in Leganés. It was not a spectacular victory. He scored a goal nine minutes from the start and worked to keep the lead.With that, he had 24 points (seven wins, three draws and eight losses) going up to eighth place. He cut the gap to two points in comparison to Betis, sixth place that closes the zone of classification for continental tournaments. This is the goal to be achieved in the second half of the season.Away games, however, have been a major obstacle for the team. In this regard, the team from Catalonia presents the fifth worst campaign in LaLiga. Of the 27 points that he played as a visitor, he returned home with only six (one win, three draws and five losses).Even in the King’s Cup Spain had problems. Facing the Cadiz, the Second Division, lost the first game by 2 to 1. Only managed to reverse the situation by winning the match in Barcelona by 1 to 0. Also, only advanced by taking advantage in the criterion of the qualified goal.For the meeting of Wednesday, coach Joan Rubi has two casualties in the defense by injury. They are in the infirmary Mario Hermoso and Javi Lopez.
Football Prediction of the Day Villarreal vs Espanyol
It was on October 7th the clash involving the teams for the first round of the Spanish Championship in the current season. In Barcelona, Espanyol took advantage of the field and won by 3 to 1.
Although not exciting yet, Villarreal’s improving trajectory ‘married’ with the poor performance of the Spanish as a visitor means that the prognosis in the success of the Yellow Submarine is the best option for Wednesday’s match in the last 16 of the World Cup of the King of Spain version 2018/2019.
Bet Tips: Villarreal wins