Villarreal welcome Valencia to the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday at 3pm in La Liga, with one or two familiar faces potentially squaring up against Los Che.
Villarreal XI: Asenjo; Mario, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Iborra; Chukwueze, Trigueros, Parejo, Gomez; Alcacer.
Valencia XI: Juanme; Correira, Diakhaby, Gabriel Paulista, Gaya; Musah, Wass, Soler, Blanco; Guedes, Gomez.
Where to watch Villarreal vs Valencia on TV:
- UK: LaLigaTV
- US: beIN SPORTS
Where to live stream Villarreal vs Valencia:
UK: Bet365* are streaming this match live for account holders. Those without a Bet365 account already who are interested in streaming Villarreal vs Valencia live can take advantage of this service by following the simple steps below.
- Click on this link.
- ‘Join now’ and enter details.
- Log in and fund the new account.
- Pick the desired event from among the ‘live now’ or ‘schedule’ sections in Bet365’s ‘live streaming’ category.
*Geo restrictions apply, 18+ only, must have a funded account, BeGambleAware. All odds and offers within this article are accurate at the time of writing (14:00, 17/10/20)
Compare football odds to get the best in the market using the Oddspedia tool below. Selecting a price will take you to the bookmaker’s sign-up page, where you can register, claim whatever welcome offer is available to new customers and place your bet. (18+ only, Be Gamble Aware)
Villarreal vs Valencia’s build-up, pre-match team news & previous line-ups
Due to Valencia’s financial worries over the summer, the Estadio Mestalla experienced an exodus of star quality, and rivals Villarreal were quick to capitalise on that fire sale, acquiring the services of Francis Coquelin and Dani Parejo.
The duo have worked well to bolster the midfield and help guide Villarreal to sixth in the table after five games. However, despite Valencia’s difficulties in the transfer window, they’ve not let that impact their season too greatly.
Two wins and a draw from five games is a respectable return and they currently sit in 11th, just a point below their hosts this weekend. That said, former Watford manager and now Valencia boss, Javi Gracia, is winless in five La Liga games against Villarreal.
- Villarreal (vs Atletico Madrid): Asenjo; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan*; Iborra; Moreno*, Trigueros, Parejo, Gomez; Alcacer.
- Valencia (vs Real Betis): Domenech; Correia, Guillamon, Diakhaby, Gaya; Jason, Kondogbia, Wass, Guedes; Gameiro, Gomez.
Left-back Pervis Estupinan has joined Alberto Moreno on the treatment table, so Alfonso Pedraza could be given the nod on the defensive flank. Gerard Moreno has also sustained a hamstring injury so Unai Emery is expected to shake things up in his attack. Coquelin is a doubt to face his former side.
As for Valencia, Gabriel Paulista should be fit to start at centre-back, while Geoffrey Kondogbia and Eliaquim Mangala face late fitness tests.
Players to watch:
- Villarreal: Emery’s side have not been excessively potent up front this season but they are currently the only La Liga team to have two different players with at least three goals to their name. In fact, they have only netted six goals, all of which have been scored by Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer. Those goals have also all come on home turf, as well. So, with Moreno expected to sit this match out, Emery will be turning to Alcacer for his source of goals. At La Ceramica, against his former club, Alcacer could prove the difference-maker this weekend.
- Valencia: Despite sitting four places below Villarreal in the table, Valencia have outscored their opponents, netting seven goals, with Maxi Gomez helping himself to three of those. The Uruguayan was expected to net more than the 10 he scored in La Liga last season, and he has made an excellent start to surpassing that tally already. With two goals and an assist against Villarreal in his last four games, Gomez, like Alcacer, could have a significant say in the outcome of this fixture.