Villarreal take on the visitors Sparta Prague at Madrigal. The match is to be played on Thursday, April 7th.
The hosts are definitely aiming for a victory in this match in front of home fans. The Yellow Submarine slowed down their pace in the La Liga but they are still fourth with 6 points advantage before Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao. The round of last 32 ended with 2-1 victory over strong Napoli on aggregate. The round of 16 opponents were another tough team, Bayer Leverkusen. However, the German side couldn’t even score a goal in 180 minutes, giving Villarreal 2-0 victory on aggregate and the place in the quarterfinals. Cedric Bakambu is the leader of the team, showing notable scoring results this season.
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The visitors from Prague travel with the objective to offer a battle to the hosts. Sparta are currently second in the domestic league with the best goal difference in the league. The Reds have already showed impressive results in Europa League, taking 3-0 away victories in the previous rounds of the competition over tough opponents. Sparta have beaten Krasnodar 4-0 on aggregate in the round of 32. Lazio were defeated with 4-1 score on aggregate. David Lafata is the top scorer of the team but there is no obvious leader in the visitors’ squad. they are strong as a team and would offer a battle to the hosts of the first leg.
Bookmakers see the hosts as favorites of the match (1.54) while the visitors don’t have many chance for success (draw – 4.5, victory – 7.9). Villarreal are strong at Madrigal and score quite a number of goals while Sparta proven they can be a threat on the road. We can expect fascinating match with numerous chances and both teams scoring at least once.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score – yes.