Total over 2.5

Villarreal have finally found their game. After a series of 4 defeats, the team began to gain momentum. In the next 3 rounds, she scored 7 points, and in the final match against the powerful Betis (1:1) she presented herself much better than her opponent.

Quique Setien’s football is all about possession (55.7% – 4th) and dominating the opponent at every stage of the game. On average per match, this style allows you to create 1.41xg (5th) out of 1.2xg allowed.

It is worth noting that Villarreal’s game is getting more and more even with each game. According to the difference between the expected threat created and allowed (xTDiff = +0.17), “yellow submarine” is in the top five.

Anderlecht can hardly boast the same balance in their matches. The team prefers to play open, dynamic football with plenty of sharp moments created both in front of others’ goals and in front of their own. On average, Purple & White generate 1.43xg per game, with 1.39xg allowed. In the Belgian Pro League, this is enough to fight for European cups, but it is unlikely to be enough on the international arena.

In the first match, the team played pragmatically, not allowing the opponent to show themselves in the last period, which rarely happens.

I think Villarreal will take into account the mistakes of the last head-to-head game and be more persistent in front of goal. In addition, a significant class difference will play a role. I’m hoping for a good match.