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Valencia vs Villarreal

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Mestalla

Date: 23rd December 2017

Kick-off time – 15:15 GMT

This is another derby in the Spanish La Liga this weekend albeit a lesser derby compared to the El Classico.

Valencia may be doing well this season but their city rivals Villarreal have been the most prosperous of them recently.

Valencia seem to have come back to their best with the appointment of Marcelino who walked out on Villarreal last season.

Marcelino’s team have been one of the most transformed teams this season but they have suffered a recent blip in form.

Those setbacks came away from home and they will be back to their confident best in this game at home.

Valencia have won 75% of their home games this season scoring an average of 2.5 goals per game, conceding just 0.5 goals and winning at least 2.5 points per game.

Villarreal meanwhile do not have the most attractive away record as they have lost 44% of their road games this season, conceding an average of 1.56 goals while scoring just 1 goal on average.

They have struggled against the top clubs this season losing to Sevilla and Barcelona at home and they have failed to beat any top six side which makes it look like Valencia has the upper hand at least on paper.

Villarreal are unbeaten in their last three visits to the Mestalla and have won three of the last four meetings againt Valencia.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Valencia

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Eibar 2-1 Valencia 16 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Valencia 2-1 Celta Vigo 9 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Getafe 1-0 Valencia 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Valencia 4-1 Real Zaragoza 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey
D Valencia 1-1 Barcelona 26 Nov, 2017 Spanish Primera División

Villarreal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Celta Vigo 0-1 Villarreal 17 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona 10 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
L Villarreal 0-1 Maccabi Tel-Aviv 7 Dec, 2017 UEFA Europa League
L Leganes 3-1 Villarreal 3 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
W Villarreal 3-0 Ponferradina 30 Nov, 2017 Spanish Copa del Rey

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Valencia 1-3 Villarreal 21 May, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 0-2 Valencia 21 Jan, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Valencia 0-2 Villarreal 1 May, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Villarreal 1-0 Valencia 31 Dec, 2015 Spanish Primera División
Valencia 0-0 Villarreal 5 Apr, 2015 Spanish Primera División

Other fixtures taking place this week in the Spanish Primera:

January 22, 2018
Eibar 21:00 Málaga
January 26, 2018
Athletic Bilbao 21:00 Eibar
January 27, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 13:00 Levante
Valencia 16:15 Real Madrid
Málaga 18:30 Girona
Villarreal 20:45 Real Sociedad
January 28, 2018
Leganés 12:00 Espanyol
Atlético de Madrid 16:15 Las Palmas
Sevilla 18:30 Getafe
Barcelona 20:45 Deportivo Alavés
January 29, 2018
Celta de Vigo 21:00 Real Betis
February 2, 2018
Real Sociedad 21:00 Deportivo De La Coruña
February 3, 2018
Eibar 13:00 Sevilla
Real Betis 16:15 Villarreal
Deportivo Alavés 18:30 Celta de Vigo
Levante 20:45 Real Madrid
February 4, 2018
Getafe 12:00 Leganés
Espanyol 16:15 Barcelona
Girona 18:30 Athletic Bilbao
Atlético de Madrid 20:45 Valencia

Spanish Primera Table

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 +48 54
2 Atlético de Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 +20 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 +20 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 +21 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 +6 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 -2 32
7 Celta de Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 +7 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 +5 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 +0 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 -7 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 -8 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 +1 26
13 Leganés 19 7 4 8 17 19 -2 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 -9 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 -2 23
16 Deportivo Alavés 20 6 1 13 16 29 -13 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 -12 18
18 Deportivo De La Coruña 20 4 4 12 22 44 -22 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 -31 14
20 Málaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 -20 11

Spanish Primera Results

January 21, 2018
Real Betis 0 - 5 Barcelona
Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Celta de Vigo
Real Madrid 7 - 1 Deportivo De La Coruña
Deportivo Alavés 2 - 2 Leganés
January 20, 2018
Las Palmas 2 - 1 Valencia
Villarreal 2 - 1 Levante
Atlético de Madrid 1 - 1 Girona
Espanyol 0 - 3 Sevilla
January 19, 2018
Getafe 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao
January 15, 2018
Real Betis 3 - 2 Leganés
January 14, 2018
Real Sociedad 2 - 4 Barcelona
Espanyol 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Deportivo Alavés 1 - 0 Sevilla
Levante 0 - 1 Celta de Vigo
January 13, 2018
Deportivo De La Coruña 1 - 2 Valencia
Eibar 0 - 1 Atlético de Madrid
Real Madrid 0 - 1 Villarreal
Girona 6 - 0 Las Palmas
January 12, 2018
Getafe 1 - 0 Málaga
January 8, 2018
Málaga 0 - 1 Espanyol

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