La Liga Villarreal vs Elche 9/22/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

Reigning Europa League winners Villarreal have failed to live up to the expectations this season, as they are win-less in all 6 matches in all competitions, with 6 draw! 

Villarreal (0 wins, 0 losses, 4 draws) came out of the international break and didn’t have a weekend match, as they were gearing up for Match-Day 1 of the Champions League, where they hosted Atalanta. Their opponents took an early lead in that match, but Villarreal overturned the lead in their favour with goals at the 39th (Trigueros) and the 73rd minute (Danjuma), but Atalanta pulled even at the 83rd minute for the final 2-2 draw. In their weekend match they played for another draw, this time a goal-less one on the road against Mallorca. Those results leave Villarreal at the 14th spot of the La Liga with 4 points, scoring 2 goals and conceding 2 in the process.

Elche (1 win, 1 loss, 3 draws) have made a promising start in the season, despite winning just 1 of their 5 matches so. They had a pretty tough schedule to start the season, but they played for a goal-less draw at home against Bilbao, then lost to Atletico Madrid by 1-0 on the road, followed by a 1-1 draw at home against Sevilla. Elche recorded their first win of the season in their 4th match, where they beat Getafe by 1-0 on the road, and in their most recent match, on Saturday, they played for a 1-1 draw at home against Levante. Elche have made some solid additions to their roster this season, with forwards Lucas Perez, Dario Benedetto and Lucas Boye who returned from loan, along with midfielders Javier Pastore, Ivan Marcone and Omar Mascarell, but also in the defense with Johan Mojica and Pedro Bigas (who I think is still unavailable for this match). 

Villarreal vs Elche. The two teams played for a couple of Draws last season, a goal-less one in this venue before a 2-2 draw in Elche. Now 4 of the last 5 matches between the two sides have been draws. Moreover, Elche have historically been quite solid in this venue, with 1 win, 2 losses and 3 draws dating back to 1997. Villarreal are under pressure right now and they will fight to get their first win, but the historical data, as long as this season’s data are forcing us to look in the opposite direction here. The Draw is quite possible here (+260) but backing Elche with +1 is what I am taking from this match. 

La Liga Villarreal vs Elche 9/22/2021 Prediction and Match Preview

La Liga Starting Time: 16:00PM EDT

Location: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal

Date: Wednesday, September 22nd    

La Liga Odds: Villarreal -1

La Liga Totals: 2.25

Free La Liga Pick: Elche +1 (-111)

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