Villarreal v Sevilla - Sunday 21:15, Sky Interactive
It’ll be tough to top Sevilla’s game last weekend for excitement. In Jorge Sampaoli’s first game in charge, Sevilla beat Espanyol in a 10-goal thriller as they came out on top 6-4. That game was the first in over 20 years where a La Liga match has had Over 9.5 Goals and one of the teams involved wasn’t called Real Madrid!
Villarreal carried over their dismal end to last season with a 1-1 draw at Granada but they’ll be buoyed by Sevilla’s travel woes. Incredibly, the visitors failed to register a single victory on the road last season and they shipped at least a brace in six of their final eight away games.
The Yellow Submarine won 12 of their 19 home matches, leading at the break in eight of these wins and that suggests the home side is good value. However, Sevilla’s poor away run at the end of last season came as they were focussing on the Europa League and prior to that they were slightly unlucky to fail to turn several away draws into better results. Moreover, their confidence should be far higher than the hosts and they should welcome back Adil Rami into the back three. Team news looks key in fact, with Villarreal continuing to be without their two best strikers, Bakambu and Soldado. As a result we’ll back Sevilla to end their away day blues and record a fourth win in five games against Villarreal, and third in the last four years in this fixture.