Betting tips for Villarreal vs FC Astana - 14.09.2017
The newly-renovated, Ceramic Stadium in Villarreal hosts on Thursday the match of the first day of the Europa League group stage between Villarreal and FC Astana. The two teams are in Group A together with Slavia of Prague and Maccabi Tel Avi and the Spaniards are the main candidates, while Astana will try to get into the fight for the pass to the next phase. The yellow submarine arrives motivated after getting the first victory of the season and receives a team that has already played mid-season, with a very competitive pace.
Villarreal come to this game after last Monday, in the closing of the day of the League, have beaten Betis (3-1), at home, in a difficult match for the Castellers who were disadvantaged in the initial minutes, getting back with goals from Bacca, Castillejo and Unal. These were the first goals, in three games, for the yellow submarine, which also meant the first three points in the league, at the end of three days. They add thus, a triumph and two defeats in which they have played of season, with 3 marked goals and 5 received. In this Europa League they have the ambition of, at least, to pass this phase of groups and to reach the next phase, like last year. For this opening match, Fran Escribá will have Roberto Soriano and Cheryshev fully recovered and can do many rotations in the eleven, bearing in mind that he plays Sunday for the league. Semedo, Soriano, N'Diaye, Sansone and Unal should be the news in the eleven, while Bruno Soriano, Andrés Fernández, Asenjo and Marin remain out of injury options.
Europa League FC Astana travels to Spain after returning home to Atyrau (7-0), regaining a comfortable advantage in the lead. He now has 7 points ahead of the second-placed finisher, with only three games left for the end of the season. In Europe, they played three Champions League qualifiers, eliminating Spartaks from Latvia and Legia from Poland, before being eliminated by Celtic in the playoff, failing for the second consecutive year the presence in the group phase of the millionaire league. In the Europa League, they did not go beyond the group stage in the previous campaign. Suman, in the total of all competitions, 22 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses with 66 goals scored and 27 received and the Congolese Kabananga is the top scorer of the team, with 15 goals. The Bulgarian coach Stanimir Stoilov should bet on his best eleven, as they have no casualties for this match and considering that because of the advantage he has in the league, he can focus on this group phase at 100%.
Villarreal face FC Astana for the first time in their history and is the clear favorite for the match. Although it will not be easy for the men of Escribá, who also must make rotations in the equipment. Those of Kazakstan are already in the middle of the season and in spite of being eliminated, left good sensations in Champions. Thus, although the yellow submarine must achieve the victory, I do not believe in a thrashing at the Estadio de la Cerámica and a positive handicap for Astana may be a good betting option.
Villarreal vs FC Astana Prediction: 1/1 1.80
Villarreal vs FC Astana betting tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.80
Villarreal vs FC Astana final score recommendations: 2-1 10.00