Prematch: Sevilla vs Villarreal

Setien keen on European spot ahead of Villarreal-Sevilla match.

Published: April 22, 2023 05:04


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La Liga
23 Apr 21:00

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After beating Manchester United to reach the UEFA Europa League semifinals, Sevilla are back in La Liga looking for back-to-back victories against Villarreal CF on Sunday, April 23 at 20:00 (GMT+1) at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Sevilla Secure Aggregate 5-2 Victory Against Manchester United, Look to Extend Unbeaten Run Against Villarreal on Sunday

Sevilla completed a convincing 3-0 victory against Manchester United on Thursday evening to advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Europa League competition and secure an aggregate 5-2 victory following an exciting 2-2 first leg draw. Sevilla will take on Juventus on May 11 for the opening leg of their UEFA Europa League semifinal tie. Jose Luis Mendilibar [3 Wins, 2 Draws and 0 Losses] has led Sevilla unbeaten through their five matches under his management; now looking ahead to Sunday’s encounter against Yellow Submarine. Last weekend, Sevilla came away victorious against Valencia with an emphatic 2-0 win to remain 13th with 35 points from 9W, 8D, and 12L games played thus far in La Liga (WLWDWW). Los Nervionenses have earned 10 points across their five most recent La Liga fixtures since December 1 – one victory away from making history! They have won two out of their last five matches against Villarreal [2W, 2D, 1L], after failing to achieve victory against them previously [0W, 3D, 2L]. On Sunday they will attempt to extend their three-game unbeaten run when taking on Villarreal on home turf; expect an attacking 4–2–3–1 formation led by Youssef En-Nesyri who remains suspended following a red card from Marcos Acuna for this clash.

Villarreal Look to Reverse Fortunes Against Sevilla in Fight for European Qualification

Villarreal [DWWWL] suffered their first defeat since August in six games last weekend when they fell to Real Valladolid by 2-1, their first setback since August 4th. Slipping one spot to sixth position with 47 points [14W, 5D, 10L] they now hope to reverse their fortunes and jump ahead of Real Betis (48 points). Villarreal have suffered two losses on each of their last four visits to Andalusian teams [1W, 1D, 2L], matching up with what was achieved during their 10 away matches against this type of opponent during La Liga play (6W, 2D, 2L]. Setien said when discussing Sunday’s opponents that Sevilla “are in great form, and it will be difficult.” Under Mendilibar they’ve discovered a different path with positive results being shown by both team spirit and results. We will do everything possible to take points away from Sevilla in our fight to qualify for Europe. Setien could go for a 4–2–3-1 formation featuring Jose Morales up front while Gerard Moreno [calf injury] remains unavailable along with Francis Coquelin who are both out due to injury issues.

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