Match PreviewAfter their emphatic win over title contender Atletico Madrid, Villarreal will travel to meet Sporting Gijon at El Molinon.
Triguiros, dos Santos and Robert Soriano scored the goals against Atletico as they send Diego Simeone's men home with a damaging defeat. The win meant Villarreal now has climbed up in the table, a point higher that Atletico, with 26 points to their credit.
The Yellow Submarines currently occupy a Champions League spot on the league table. Next on their list of is Sevilla who resides in the third place, just four points above Villareal.
A win against Sporting Gijon will move Villarreal just a point behind Sevilla, albeit temporarily as the Seville club will have chance to extend their lead after few hours as they play Malaga later in the same day.
On the other hand, Sporting Gijon suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of Espanyol as the goal from Duje Cop only proved to be a consolation for Gijon.
Team News: Sporting GijonLillo and Alberto Lora are sidelined due to injuries, while Jean-Sylvain Babin is expected start once again in Gijon's defense. Douglas and Isma Lopez are playing well in their position in recent games. So they should retain their position in the starting XI. Manager Abelardo is likely to stick with the same system which has delivered improved performances for them recently.
Winger Carlos Carmona is expected to play for Sporting Gijon from the right-hand side, while striker Duje Cop should lead attack once again.
Sporting Gijon: Predicted Line-up (5-4-1)
Cuellar - Amorebieta, Mere, Lopez, Babin, Douglas - Picon, Gomez, Ait Atmane, Carmona - Cop
Team News: VillarrealFor the Yellow Submarines, Mateo Musacchio will not be available due to a hamstring injury. Hence, Alvaro Gonzalez should command the backline vs. Gijon.
Cedric Bakambu is not expected to be fit in time for this clash. So, Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato should start up front for Fran Escriba's side.
Villarreal has been playing extremely well in recent games. So, manager Escriba may not ring any significant changes, as the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix.
Antonio Rukavina, Denis Cheryshev, and Cedric Bakambu all face the race against time to be fit to play Gijon.
Villarreal: Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Asenjo - Costa, Ruiz, Mario, Alvaro - Soriano, Bruno, dos Santos, Trigueros - Sansone, Pato
Sporting Gijon vs. Villarreal: Head-to-HeadTotal games:15Sporting Gijon wins: 4Villarreal wins: 9Draws: 39
Sporting Gijon vs. Villarreal: TV Schedule and ChannelIn the U.S., the match will be live on Sky Go UK, Sky Sports 5/HD UK, SKY GO Extra, and NOW TV UK. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
Sporting Gijon vs. Villarreal: PredictionOn paper, Villarreal is the better team and is likely to win. Despite the absences of some key players, the Yellow Submarines have what it takes to grab all three points at the Molinon.
Final Predicted Score: Sporting Gijon 1-3 Villarreal
Sporting Gijon vs. Villarreal: Betting Tips and Odds
- Sporting Gijon win: 5/2
- A draw: 9/4
- Villarreal win: 11/10
- Under 2.5 goals: 4/7
- Over 2.5 goals: 5/4
- Both teams score: 11/10
- Both teams fail to score: 4/5
Key Stats to consider
- Sporting Gijon has seen under 2.5 goals in their last three games against Villarreal.
- There have been over 2.5 goals netted in 11 of Gijon's last 13 matches (La Liga).
- Sporting Gijon has not won 11 of their last 12 games (La Liga).
- Villarreal has not won any of their last five away games (La Liga).
- Villarreal has kept three cleans sheet in their last four games.
Sporting Gijon vs. Villarreal: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking on this link. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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