The final stage of the Europa Conference League RO16 will hold on 16.03.2023. A key match on the day sees Anderlecht travel to La Ceramica to lock horns with the Yellow Submarines. The form seems to be balanced, with both teams winning two of their previous five games.
The referee’s whistle goes off at 8:00 PM (UTC) on Thursday at the Estadio de La Ceramica in Villareal, Spain.
The Spanish club was only good enough for consecutive draws in their last fixture. Their last wins came against Getafe and Almeria, respectively. They sit sixth in La Liga, and their only meeting against Anderlecht was a draw in the reverse fixture.
Anderlecht remains ninth on its domestic table, winning just two of their previous five matches. They made a good showing of themselves in the first leg against Villareal and will aim to win this time to progress to the quarters.
Francis Coquelin is out with a ligament injury. Fortunately, that’s Villareal’s only absence to deal with. Marco Kana and Hannes Delcroix are doubtful for Anderlecht, with a toe and knee scare, respectively.
Villareal and Anderlecht are in tepid form presently. However, we expect that Villareal will win or draw against Anderlecht. Double chance (1X) odds for their stand at 1.13 (-769 American; 13/100 Fractional).
Reason: Villareal has a home advantage and considerably more experience in European tournaments – given that they won the Europa League in 2021. However, their mediocre defence gives Anderlecht an unlikely chance to force a draw. Both teams played out a one-all stalemate in their previous meeting, and this could arguably balance the scale at Estadio La Ceramica.
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