Getting eliminated from Champions League by Liverpool has Villarreal turning the focus to their domestic league. Sunday, they host third-place Sevilla. Use our soccer predictions to take advantage of all the best bonuses and betting markets in the industry
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury report, and Spain La Liga odds for Villarreal vs Sevilla. There are plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Fitness problems for Villareal
The Yellow Submarine put on a superb second-leg performance, from two goals down to draw level with Liverpool. They were ultimately knocked out of the Champions League in the semifinal after three huge errors by their goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, losing, 5-2, on aggregate.
The first half was Villarreal’s best half of the season across all competitions. Unfortunately, not only did they lose momentum in the second half, they failed to maintain the high-energy suffocating against Liverpool’s high press. Gerard Moreno’s lack of fitness, combined with the average age of the players who ran out of energy, was the biggest issue in the second half.
Unai Emery has taken a lot of criticism on behalf of his players since he took over in 2020, but this season more than ever, we should admit he’s one of the best managers in European soccer. To take a small team like Villarreal to the Champions League semifinals beating teams like Juventus and Bayern Munich, it’s absolutely brilliant. Let’s not forget that Villarreal won the Europa League last season beating Man United in the final.
The effort the team put in against Liverpool was incredible, immense. They will pay dearly for all that energy lost and the level of physicality will significantly drop Sunday. They’re sitting seventh in the league standings, with the main objective of earning a Europa League spot next season. They are four points behind Real Sociedad, so the clash against Sevilla is a must-win for them. Given what happened in the last two weeks, there’s no way we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Sevilla finish in top-four?
Sevilla’s had its peaks and valleys this season. After the first half of the season, everyone was thinking that they are Real Madrid’s main opponents, possessing the necessary weapons to fight them to the title. However with four rounds to go until the end of the season, they’re trailing the champions by 17 points while sitting third in the standings. They still need six points to make sure they finish in the top four and a place in the Champions League next season. Betis sit six points behind them in fifth.
There;s a tough schedule for Sevilla through the end of the season, playing Villarreal and Atletico Madrid on the road and Mallorca and Bilbao at home. This means every point is crucial. Sevilla lost to Barcelona and Real Madrid in two of their last five La Liga matches, Victories against Granada and Levante kept them firmly inside the top four in the standings. Sevilla fell to West Ham United in the Europa League. They haven’t been higher than fourth in La Liga since 2009, and are therefore on course for an excellent season in Spain’s top flight.
Sevilla’s without Anthony Martial, Karim Rekik, Fernando, and Suso, but there are a good amount amazing players on the roster. Expect En Nesyri, Ocampos, and Papu Gomez to lead the attacking line once again. If you’re soccer betting, know that Sevilla is the best defensive team in the league. Fitness problems of Villarreal mean you should consider backing Sevilla this Sunday.
Villarreal vs Sevilla Head-to-Head
Sevilla have been victorious twice of the last three head-to-heads between the two sides, including a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture. They’ve failed to win on the road against Villarreal since 2017, however. They’re the best defensive side in the league, with just 28 goals allowed in 34 matches. It’s been a brilliant road season, Sevilla losing just three in 17 games, allowing 11 goals in the process. Conversely, Villarreal are one of the best home teams in the Spanish La Liga, with 10 victories in 17 (38 goals). At least three goals were scored in four of the last seven mutual encounters between the two sides.
Villarreal vs Sevilla Game Information
- Game: Villarreal (14-10-10) vs. Sevilla (17-13-4)
- Location: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal)
- Day/Time: Sunday, May 8th, 10:15 a.m. ET
- Villarreal vs Sevilla Live stream: fubo.tv
Villarreal vs Sevilla Betting Lines
Villarreal vs Sevilla Predictions
The visitors enter this clash as underdogs, being priced at +225 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. The goal line is set at 2½. The under is also heavily weighted, because Sevilla’s games this season tend to have a maximum of two goals.
Sevilla’s price is too good to be true, given Villarreal’s European commitments. As was previously stated, there’s a big fitness problem with Villarreal’s players after their Champions League semifinal loss to Liverpool. Also, their morale is down after being knocked out of that competition. Expect Sevilla to take advantage and return home with three points. We don’t expect them to lose here. Add Sevilla +½ goal at -150 to your parlays, but as our official selection, we will take them to win with a small stake.