Villarreal will play nice, uncompromising football. Considering the expected number of goals conceded, the team is at an average level (xg = 1 per game), but the defensive balance is not very different. They are 4th from bottom in expected goals conceded (xga = 1.21 per game).
“Submariners” lack stars from the sky, after 29 rounds they share the 11th line of the table with Tenerife and Mirandes, giving way to them in additional indicators. In the last segment of the 5 matches, Villarreal beat Racing (2:1) and Real Oviedo (1:0), losing to the more powerful Granada (0:2), Mirandes (1:2) and Eibar (0:2).
Alaves is solving completely different tasks this season, the team is fighting for promotion to the top league of the country. After 29 rounds, it takes 5th place in the table, losing 3 points to the promotion zone.
It is worth noting that the “foxes” have excellent potential for solving the set goal. They are in the top five for expected goals scored (xg = 1.1) and conceded (xga = 0.8) in 6th place.
In the winter transfer window, Alaves were heavily boosted by striker Asier Villabre, who has already scored 3 goals in 4 matches. In addition, Antonio Blanco, a Real Madrid alumnus, came to the support zone.
The club is approaching the upcoming meeting on a 6-match unbeaten streak, of which they managed to win 5.
Alaves has a lot of tournament motivation, because if he wins, he will move up to second place in the table. However, Villarreal ll should not be discounted, the team is frisky and has the youngest squad. He only plays in attack. If the “Foxes” miss the main losing center – Abkar, more productive football can be expected.