Villarreal bounced back to winning ways in their previous league fixture, and they will be looking for back-to-back wins on Saturday. However, Almeria eased their relegation worries with a historic win over Barcelona, and they will be looking to use that as a springboard for the remainder of the season.
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Villarreal remains in the hunt for a European finish this season, as they moved level on points with sixth-placed Rayo Vallecano last weekend. That was a welcome return to winning ways for the team, as they had suffered four straight defeats before that fixture. However, they will need to maintain that momentum if they are to continue their fight for a European finish this term.
Their most recent success was picked up at home against Getafe on Monday evening, as they responded well after going 1-0 down inside the opening ten minutes. Samuel Chukwueze drew the host’s level on the stroke of half time in that fixture, before Jose Morales scored what turned out to be the winning goal seven minutes into the second period.
Almeria will also come into this fixture in great confidence on Saturday, as they recorded a second league win in five to move up to 15th in the standings. However, they remain locked in the battle to stay in the division, as they are just two points above the relegation places coming into this weekend’s fixture.
It was a historic win for Almeria in their previous fixture, as they recorded a 1-0 win over Barcelona in front of their home fans. El Bilal Toure scored the crucial winner in the first half, but it was the manner of their performance that was most eye-catching. Despite having just 27% of the ball, Almeria restricted the league leaders to just a single shot on target in the 90 minutes.
Almeria vs Villarreal Head to Head
Villarreal has picked up four wins from their previous five league matches against Almeria. That includes a 2-1 win in the reverse fixture this season. Almeria’s best results against Villarreal have come in the form of two draws over that period, with their most recent win over their rivals this weekend coming in May 2010.
Almeria vs Villarreal Prediction
Almeria may have a very poor record against Villarreal, but they could be hard to bet against if they apply themselves the same as they did against Barcelona last weekend. We could see the hosts scrapping to another 1-0 win on Saturday.
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