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Villarreal will kick off its La Liga 2022-23 campaign with a trip to Valladolid over the weekend.
Villarreal had a disappointing outing last time around, finishing 7th on the points table, and barely making it into the Europa Conference League Qualifiers. However, they did have better luck on the European stage, making it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they were knocked out by Liverpool.
Unai Emery has made a few changes to the squad during the pre-season transfers. Pepe Reina, Kiko Femenia and Jose Luis Morales have come in, while Mario Gaspar, Moi Gomez and Vicente Iborra have departed for greener pastures. With the Conference League play-offs coming up next week, it will be important for the Yellow Submarines to make a winning start.
Valladolid had dropped down after finishing 19th at the end of the 2020-21 season. But they put up a strong performance in the last season of the Segunda Division, finishing second, and earned an automatic promotion. Coach Pacheta has made some smart signings before the start of the season, and brought in Sergio Escudero, Gonzalo Plata, Ivan Sanchez, Monchu, and Sergio Asenjo. And the new faces have made an impact right away, as Valladolid has remained unbeaten in each of its 6 club friendlies, including a victory against heavyweights Lazio in it’s last match.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Real Valladolid vs Villarreal CF La Liga 2022-23. The match is going to be played at Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, on 13th August 2022.
Unai Emery’s squad put up a decent show in their away matches last season and will be hoping to collect maximum points from this match as they look to secure a top 6 finish in this season. While the newcomers are unlikely to make it into the starting eleven, Gerard Moreno, Pau Torres, Dani Parejo, Etienne Capoue, and Yeremi Pino are likely to make a start.
The hosts are likely to play without Shon Weissman, who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Pacheta is likely to start with a 4-3-3 formation for this match, with Asenjo likely to debut between the posts. Plata is likely to assist Sergio Leon and Toni Villa up front, and Monchu will be seen in the midfield.
Valladolid seems a vastly improved outfit, and they are likely to put up a good fight on their home ground.
Bet on a Draw.
Each of the last 7 head-to-head encounters between the two clubs have seen less than 2.5 goals scored in them. 4 of the last 6 matches for Valladolid have seen less than 3 goals scored in them, leading us to recommend this bet.
6 of the last 7 matches between the two clubs have seen only one team score. Valladolid has kept a clean sheet in 4 of it’s last 6 games. In fact, Villarreal has failed to score in 75% of their away matches against Valladolid in the top flight. We are therefore recommending against a BTTS bet.