These two sides come into this match following significant wins that could just launch their seasons into life following slightly unconvincing starts. Villarreal’s success was a dominant 3-0 away win so they really can take momentum into this one and with home advantage, they should have the edge here.
Injuries have plagued the Yellow Submarine so far this term and they aren’t completely over those problems yet but they’ve enough fit players to put out a team that looks very solid. They could afford to leave the likes of Roberto Soriano and big money summer signing Enes Ünal on the bench at Alaves last time out so they’ve got some quality to bring in if they want to freshen things up here.
Having lost their opening two league fixtures, it’s now 3 straight wins in all competitions for Villarreal. The defensive foundations that brought them success last term remain and encouragingly they’ve netted 3 goals in each of their last 3 matches. Their new-look strike force of Carlos Bacca and Cedric Bakambu contributed to all 3 goals at the weekend, with Bakambu scoring twice. He’s got 4 goals in 5 games for club and country now and backing Bakambu to score anytime at 7/4 could be worth a bet here.
Espanyol have also had their fair share of injuries, particularly at the back, which is a concern heading into this one. They were thumped 5-0 at Barcelona in their last away game and this is another match where they may be on the back-foot to a large extent. Having played on Monday, they’ve also had less time to prepare than their opponents so you wonder whether Quique Sánchez Flores might opt to rest players here and really target another 3 points when they host Depor on Sunday.
Overall, Villarreal have much more quality in their ranks and their squad is also much larger which is helping them deal with their injury problems. Following three convincing wins, backing a Home Win at 3/4 looks good here.
You can also get 9/5 for Villarreal to Win to Nil, which also looks to offer value, given Villarreal had the 2nd best defence in La Liga last term with only 0.87 goals per game conceded.