Sevilla v Villarreal 17:00 Sun
Both Sevilla and Villarreal go into Sunday’s match as two sides that have underperformed inexplicably this season when compared to the standards each club has set themselves over recent seasons as Betfred make Sevilla favourites for victory.
Surprisingly, Villarreal head into this fixture as the in-form outfit over the last six matches, earning one win, three draws and two losses.
Sevilla, on the other hand, have recorded a dismal run of two draws and four losses over the past month and will be hoping to set the record straight with themselves more than anything this weekend.
Villarreal managed to run out a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture of this match earlier in the season but if the Spanish side were ever going to beat their Seville opposition, now would be the time to hit them.
Marcelína Garcia Toral’s side haven’t earned a victory in almost two months, their last of which came on the 5th December last year.
The coach, who joined the club last summer, hasn’t had the easiest time integrating into his new side but knee-jerk ejections rarely do wonders in scenarios such as these.
The January captures of José Antonio Reyes and Baba Diawara are yet to have much of an impact on the Sevilla side but time will surely let the players shine as they have done at Atletico Madrid and Maritimo, respectively.
Juan Carlos Garrido didn’t end up doing much business in the winter transfer window, instead choosing to rely on the players already at his disposal at Villarreal but the season-long injury to Giuesppe Rossi isn’t the only thing to have had a negative impact on the manager’s team this season.
Pending several other results go their way this weekend, Villarreal could evade their relegation troubles for a while and realistically climb to 13th with a win in Seville on Sunday, but the home side will be hoping to reach as far as eighth should they prove their favourites price-tag and prevail.