Villarreal plays host to Mallorca this weekend and they’ll be eager to return to winning ways after a surprise defeat last time out. Sevilla will also eager to bounce back after being kept to a 1-1 draw by Valencia. You can live-bet on the Spanish top-flight league by using our sportsbook.
The Yellow Submarine were one of the most in-form teams in La Liga heading into their trip to Elche last Sunday. With no other matches in the Spanish top-flight league last weekend, it was a real chance to close the gap on the top four but Villarreal slipped up, losing 1-0 against its regional rivals. They are the most affected team in their domestic league by the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations and, on top of that, one of their best players, Arnaut Danjuma, is still fighting for fitness.
They enter this clash as heavy favorites at -255 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. They are one of the best teams in the league when it comes to home games, earning 21 points in 11 matches and scoring 26 goals in the process.
Villarreal is unbeaten in nine home games against Mallorca, winning six. They are up against Mallorca, a side that has lost its last three league fixtures. That includes a crucial contest at previously winless and last-place Levante in their most recent outing in La Liga. With a few of the teams around them picking up points in January, and others experiencing new manager bounces, Mallorca is just three points above the danger zone and things don’t look good.
Villarreal endured a poor campaign under Unai Emery so far but has shown flashes of potential in recent weeks. Mallorca are capable of an upset on their day but given their current form and poor away record with six defeats and 22 goals conceded in 10 road games, we can’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
For Villarreal, Aissa Mandi, Boulaye Dia, Samuel Chukwueze and Serge Aurier are on international duty while Ruben Pena and Francis Coquelin are injured. For Mallorca, Antonio Raillo and Matthew Hoppe are injured and have been ruled out of this fixture.
Pick: Villarreal -1½ (+115)
Sevilla vs Celta Vigo
Sevilla’s bid to stay on the heels of leaders Real Madrid took a hit in the midweek round as they were kept to a 1-1 draw by Valencia. They are now trailing Real Madrid by four points with 45 points earned in 21 games. They have the best defense in the league with just 14 conceded and they are unbeaten on home soil, winning eight in 10 fixtures and scoring 22 goals in the process. They are priced at -135 on the moneyline to win this clash but we expect them to struggle.
Sevilla is up against an unpredictable Celta Vigo side that are dangerous on their day and have already left Seville with three points in 2022, having surprisingly won 2-0 at Sevilla city rivals Betis earlier this month. The hosts will be without Bono, Youssef En-Nesyri and Munir, all on international duty while Jules Kounde, Marko Dmitrovic, Nemanja Gudelj and Ludwig Augustinsson have been carrying injuries and must be assessed.
On the other side, Celta Vigo are expected to have a fully fit squad from which to choose. The likes of Iago Aspas and Santi Mina can be lethal on their day and will look to make their mark this weekend.
This is a really tough test for Sevilla, particularly considering Celta’s away form during the 2021-22 campaign, but also their squad issues. If you’re betting online, you must check all the angles from team form until injury issues.
Yes, Sevilla is sitting second in the standings, but they struggled against Getafe and Cadiz, picking up two short wins. They also failed to beat a depleted Barcelona back in December and were kept to a 1-1 draw by Valencia. Celta Vigo should have enough to return home with at least one point.