Villarreal made a setback last time out against underdogs from Elche, taking a point in a 2:2 draw away from their home.
They appeared quite good during the first part when they looked confident and took a double lead with goals in the 16th and the 35th minute via Moreno. However, they completely lost the momentum in the continuation and allowed the hosts to completely return with two conceded goals in the first fourteen minutes of the second part.
Showing a great dose of passivity as the match progressed towards the end, the visitors can be satisfied with a point here, as the hosts missed several decent chances for a complete reversal.
Villarreal is currently at 5th spot in LaLiga, lacking six points compared to the Champions League placed Sevilla, clearly lacking that one thing to be more convincing in the last couple of matches.
Defender Torres (22/2) is doubtful with a back problem, while midfielder Trigueros (21/1) remains suspended and out. Injured are right-backs Pena (11/1), Gaspar (15/0), midfielders Iborra (13/0), Coquelin (14/0), and forward Chukwueze (17/1).
Betis put up with quite a fight in the last round at home against giant from Barcelona, but still, they suffered a 2:3 defeat.
They went on a break with a 1:0 lead in their hands, and appeared quite good in the second, but conceded an equalizer in the 59th, and to get things worse, scored an own goal just nine minutes later.
They showed great determination, as they bounced back and leveled up in the 75th, but didn’t have the strength to withstand till the end, as they conceded another one in the last minutes, but in my eyes deserved at least a point in this match.
Betis is at 7th place in the general rankings, being five points in deficit compared to the European placed Sociedad.
Central defender Bartra (13/0) and forward Iglesias (15/3) is injured, as well as a couple of more who didn’t play yet.
Goals are almost certain
Villareal is considered a strong favorite in this one, but I wouldn’t underestimate the visitors that seriously. They left quite an impression on me in their last encounter, and I am pretty sure that they are more than capable to score here as well and fight till the end.
I suggest avoiding any outcomes here and opt for goals from both sides, as that is seeming like a reasonable choice. After all, each of the teams is quite effective this season, and I would truly surprised if I see a clean sheet in this encounter.