Preview: Villarreal vs. Alaves

Preview: Villarreal vs. Alaves

In-form Villarreal welcome Alaves to Estadio de la Ceramica looking to pick up a fifth consecutive win across all competitions.

Meanwhile, the away side have failed to come out on top in any of their last four outings and will aim to put an end to this barren run of results.

Villarreal recorded their first away league victory of the campaign on Saturday courtesy of a 3-1 triumph over Real Sociedad at the Reale Arena.

Unai Emery’s men went behind to Alexander Isak’s 32nd-minute opener but drew level six minutes later through Gerard Moreno before second-half strikes from the aforementioned Moreno and Samuel Chukwueze completed the turnaround.

The Yellow Submarine are 11th in the table at the moment having amassed maximum points from each of their last two league matches.

Next up is the challenge of an opposing outfit against against whom they have a mixed record in recent seasons with the last eight meetings yielding four wins apiece for either side.

Seeking to round up the year in style, Tuesday’s hosts have an opportunity to climb into the top half of La Liga standings by securing all three points in this one.

Alaves were beaten for the third away game running following a 2-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

First-half goals from Sergio Guardiola and Alejandro Catena put Javier Calleja’s men to the sword at Estadio de Vallecas.

Consequently, Babazorros El Glorioso have now slipped into the relegation zone albeit only on goal difference as the season approaches its midway point.

Tuesday’s hosts, who have only managed one away league win all-season long, are now faced with another stern test on the road against one of the league’s hotshots.

Villarreal La Liga form:
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Alaves La Liga form:
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We say: Villarreal 2-1 Alaves
Villarreal have struggled on home turf this term while Alaves have been abysmal on their travels. We expect a tightly-contested affair with a narrow victory for the hosts come the full-time whistle.

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