Mirandes defeated all the odds to celebrate progress in the previous Copa del Rey round, just a few days ago when they managed to exclude Sevilla in a 3:1 victory at home.
They made a strong start with a great atmosphere, taking the lead in the seventh minute via Aias already, while the same player doubled up their lead in the 30th minute.
It was the guests who had much more of the ball possession, but Mirandes threatened better, especially in the first halftime. They remained very concrete with the ball to their feet and with fastball transition, missing a penalty early in the second, while both nets scored a goal each in the last ten minutes of the game.
As for LaLiga 2, the team took a home point against Vallecano last Sunday night in a goalless game, probably not being able to answer properly in such a demanding and busy schedule. They are however now undefeated in ten official matches, counting six LaLiga 2 matches.
Mirandes now has four consecutive draw matches int he league, staying only three points behind the playoff zone which is a satisfying situation.
Villarreal is also in a very good form recently, counting four straight victories in the last twelve days.
They easily progressed over Girona and Vallecano in the Copa del Rey matches away from home, but also celebrated three-pointers away to Alaves and most recently, at home against Osasuna 3:1.
This time they simply appeared far more concrete than the opponents, creating enough to get those goals, while Osasuna themselves created too – however without the same effect. They now have five victories in the last six LaLiga rounds and are currently just two points behind the Europa League placed Atletico Madrid.
The hosts will miss injured defender Martinez (15/0) and forward Vicente (18/3). Visiting side can’t count at goalkeeper Asenjo (19/0), defenders Albiol (21/1), Torres (20/1) and midfielder Morlanes (2/0) due to injuries.
Mirandes is now in a really good form regarding both competitions they are playing. Their matches against Celta and Sevilla are almost historic ones and the team is surely coming into this one with morale boosted.
Villarreal is logically a strong favorite now, but I definitely see the hosts appearing in a very positive performance once again. Both to score seems like a very likely outcome considering what we’ve seen from the home team so far in the competition.