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LaLiga 2022-23: Valencia vs Villarreal: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :May 1, 2023 at 8:37 PM
Modified at :May 1, 2023 at 8:38 PM
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Rajat Chhajta

Los che looks to settle the score against the Yellow Submarine in pursuit to survive relegation.

Two of LaLiga rivals go against each-other where Villarreal will be looking to cement their spot in the European qualification as they are currently fifth in the league whereas Valencia, on the other hand, is sitting in the 17th spot where they are in a battle to survive relegation with them being drawn on the points with Almeria on 33 points, just two points safe from the relegation zone. On the other hand, Villarreal is having a successful season with them defeating Real Madrid at Bernabeu 2-3 just at the beginning of the month of April.

Last time out, Villarreal earned a 3-1 win at home against RC Celta de Vigo, Villarreal has recorded their second consecutive win in the league. The team has won 5 of their last 8 matches in La Liga. Villarreal has scored an average of 1.44 goals per game since the beginning of the season in the league. As for Villarreal's current form, the form statistics indicate an average number of goals scored per game of 2.25 in the last 8 league matches, which is 56.3% higher than their current season's average.

Valencia was defeated by Cadiz CF 2-1 on the road in its most recent game on April 30. Samuel Dias Lino scored Valencia's only goal. Valencia has ended a 2-match unbeaten run in the league, the team has lost 4 of their last 8 matches in La Liga. Valencia stats show the team has picked up an average of 1.03 points per league game since the beginning of the season. Their form stats indicate that in the last 8 league matches the team's points per game value has been averaging 1.25, which is 21.4% higher than their current season's average.

Villarreal topped Valencia in their last game on December 31. It finished 2-1, with Villarreal taking six shots and Valencia taking three. Villarreal got one goal each from Juan Foyth and Samuel Chukwueze. Edinson Cavani led Valencia with one goal on three shots. Valencia have some tough matches before the end of the season, facing Real Madrid, Villarreal, and Real Betis, while their away form is a concern despite winning 2-0 against Elche in their last game away from their own supporters.


Monday, 03-05-2023, 13:30 pm (ET)

Monday, 03-05-2023, 11:00 pm (IST)


Valencia Form (In All Competitions): L- W- W- L- L

Villarreal (In All Competitions): W-W-L-L-W

Player to watch

Valencia: Edinson Cavani

The Uruguayan has been the joint top scorer for the club this season, along with Justin Kluivert who currently is sidelined due to injury. He has scored 5 times after 32 match days in the season 2022-2023. His conversion rate for shots to goals is 9. He was the scorer on the sheet against Villarreal during their last fixture. He has been involved in building up the plays and getting behind the net in a season that is going below average for Valencia and will be their most favourable player to be on the score sheet.

Villarreal: Samuel Chukwueze

The 23-year-old Nigerian is having an excellent season, having scored 11 goals and provided 11 assists across all competitions for Villarreal. Fans of Villarreal CF have been enjoying these kinds of mazy dribbles from Chukwueze all season long, as he has been completing 3.05 successful take-ons per 90 minutes in this LaLiga Santander campaign. Chukwueze has reached the next level under the new Villarreal CF coach Quique Setién. Nine of his goals and seven of his assists have come in the 23 games under the current boss, compared to two goals and four assists in the 16 appearances he made this season under Unai Emery.

Match Facts

  • Valencia has taken 412 shots in 32 matches (seventh in La Liga), and Villarreal has conceded 405 in 32 (14th in the league).
  • Villarreal's shot differential (+20 overall, +0.6 per match) is ninth in the league.
  • Valencia has a shot differential of +67 on the season (+2.1 per game), sixth in the league.
  • Valencia haven't won against Villarreal since Oct, 2021 and Villareal have not won at DE MESTALLA in their last 05 visits to the away ground.

Injury and Team News

Villarreal: Injury:

Villarreal was missing five players through injury with Raul Albiol, Jose Luis Morales, Kiko Femenia, Gerard Moreno and Francis Coquelin all out.

Valencia: Injury:

Samu Castillejo, Marcos de Sousa, Thierry Correia and Justin Kluivert remain on the sidelines through injury,

Head to Head stats (since 2011)

Matches – 20

Villarreal – 09

Valencia – 09

Draws – 02

Predicted Lineups

Valencia Predicted Lineup (5-4-1):

Mamardashvili; Foulquier, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gaya; Almeida, Musah, Gonzalez; Lino, Cavani, Duro

Villarreal Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):

Reina; Foyth, Mandi, P Torres, A Moreno; Parejo, Capoue; Chukwueze, Lo Celso, Pino; Jackson

Match Prediction for Valencia vs Villarreal

With both teams at opposite ends of the table, Villarreal will go in as the favourite to win against the home side due to their recent run of 02 unbeaten games however their defense is leaking goals regularly which will be one weakness Valencia will be looking to target. The result of this game will be important for both teams as it could shape the narrative for the rest of the season. One has Europe Qualification on the line other could get relegated to the lower division, this game could go down to wire.

Prediction: Valencia 1 -  2 Villarreal


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