Relieved to have left the relegation zone of the Spanish League, Villarreal defend on Thursday, March 14, the advantage gained in the match against Zenit in Russia. The return of the eighth finals of the 2018/2019 Europa League edition will be held at the La Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, starting at 17h (Brasília time).In St. Petersburg, the Spaniards scored 3-1. In that way, they will advance to the quarterfinals in case of a new win, draw or even loss by a goal difference or by 2-0. Russians need to win by margin three goals or two goals difference if they can swing the Yellow Submarine’s net at least four times. If returned the result of the first match will be carried out 30-minute extension in which the qualified goal is also used as a tiebreaker. Only in case of a goalless draw in extra time will there be decision through penalties charges. For the definition of the crosses of the quarterfinals the Uefa, entity that organizes the competition, will make a new draw, without there being any direction in the confrontations.
This dispute was at first a paradox. There are two teams in their own championships who have goals, expectations, worries completely opposite each other. If in Russia, Zenit has a good chance of winning the title and becoming a champion after four years in Spain, Villarreal has to fight a bayonet for survival. The more surprising was the victory of the first run of the Spaniards right in the town on the banks of Neva. Even if it was 3-1 for the Castellonians, the qualification is not played, because Zenit has players able to keep her questionable. That’s why there is a second suspense in which the host team will play with the guard down, and Villarreal will be more cautious in defending this without implying that he will wait 90 minutes only to be attacked. All of this makes us think of a tip that points to balance.
Making one of his worst seasons of the last few years, Villarreal have prevented their national tournament performance from contaminating their performance in the Europa League. Not only did he overtake the first round of the international tournament without a hitch as he was plunged into the sidelines of the Spanish league, as he overcame Sporting in the second round of the Europa League, the first in the knockout system.The victory over favorite Zenit in Russia, however, seems to have packed their performance in LaLiga. Less than 72 hours after the feat, Villarreal, again as a visitor, overcame Levante 2-0 in a clash for the twenty-seventh round of the Spanish Championship.He reached 26 points (five wins, 11 draws and 11 losses), climbing to seventeenth position, the first out of the sticking region. The threat of relegation still exists. The difference for Celta, eighteenth placed and first team in Z3, is one point. But spending a week off this block is a relief that Villarreal have not the privilege of telling.For the meeting this Thursday, the Yellow Submarine is expected to have three casualties per injury. They are in the care of the medical department the defender Daniele Bonera; and the midfielders Javi Fuego and Manuel Trigueiros.
Despite the defeat that left him in difficult situation in the Europa League, Zenit did not let itself shake in the Russian Championship. On Sunday, March 10, at home, overcame Ufa, by 2-1, in a duel for the nineteenth round of the season 2018/2019.Reached the level of 40 points (13 wins, one draw and five defeats) and also had the fall of Krasnodar, deputy leader, who was in the draw, by 2-2 at home to Orenburg, to increase the difference between them to five points.To face Villarreal in search of the upset, the medical problems faced by the Russian team are concentrated in the midfield. They are in the process of recovery from injury and should not be released for Thursday’s meeting Aleksandr Erokhin and Claudio Marchisio.
History of the matches Villarreal vs Zenit
The teams have met in the Europa League knockout in his version 2007/2008. Zenit Petersburg advanced by winning 1-0 at home and losing 2-1 to Spain thanks to the goalkeeper’s tiebreaker.
Villarreal: Team Form, News and Statistics
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Villarreal CF seems to have re-entered exactly when he needed more. Last week was a dream for the team coached by Javi Calleja, with two victories, both away, in the two competitions where he has a job, the Europa League and the Primera División. First victory in Russia, 3-1, through which he took an important option in obtaining the qualification, and then Valencia, 2-1 with Levante, through which he left for the moment from the mined area, sitting right above line. If on the move he succeeds in defeating, again a paradox at home makes it very difficult. In fact, at the beginning of the year, he did only once on February 17, 3-0 with another “European”, Sevilla. Otherwise, Estadio de la Cerámica scored 5 draws and 2 defeats in official matches. In the last match in the home match, he lost with Alavés, 1-2, and in the European Cups draw with Sporting CP, 1-1. It is also worth noting that in the current edition of the Europa League it is undefeated, totaling 4 wins and 5 draws. Javi Fuego, Bruno, Bonera and Trigueros will be missing.
Zenit: Teamwork, news and statistics
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Zenit goes very well in his own championship, distanceing himself to the first position, five points away from the second place, FK Krasnodar. There the figures are good at home, and on the move. But they lose their validity when the plane leading Sergei Semak’s team to the eastern coast of Spain crosses Russia’s borders and comes to another competition. Even in the previous “double” European, the modest Fenerbahçe season, gave away the match 0-1. It is clear that he will now force, others being the data of the problem, first of all Dziuba and Azmoon being those who will try to find the breaches to succeed the impossible. It will be very hard, but beware of the One who has nothing left to lose!
Football Prediction of the Day Villarreal vs Zenit
Having obtained a huge boost of self-esteem and having the opportunity to perform using the counterattacks, his greatest weapon, Villarreal have the prognosis in their victory against Zenit as the best option for Thursday’s meeting for the return round of the eighth-finals of the Europa League version 2018/2019.
Bet Tips: Villarreal
Zenit has to overcome a two-goal handicap after 1-3 suffered at home. That means he has nothing to lose and will use the offensive first. And it has players able to penetrate the opposing defense. Villarreal is going through an increase in shape, but it is modest on its own. That does not mean that he can not mark at least once in Lunev’s gate.
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