They may have been Champions League semi-finalists this year, but Villarreal will have to settle for the Europa Conference League at best unless they win this crunch clash with Real Sociedad.
The good news for Unai Emery’s side is they have been in good form at Estadio de la Ceramica, losing just two league games there all season.
They are currently on a run of seven wins in a run of 11 without defeat at home, while also suffering only one reversal in six at all venues in La Liga.
Real Sociedad are the team to chase for Villarreal, heading into the game in sixth place in the table and with a three point advantage, but their away record inspires little confidence of maintaining that gap.
Imanol Alguacil’s side have picked up just the six wins on the road in 18 attempts, each of them against sides currently in ninth place or lower.
Just two of those victories have come in the last 11, against strugglers Elche and Mallorca, while suffering five defeats in the process.
I think Villarreal will grind out a vital win in this game, so a home victory is my initial selection, while picking 2-1 as a correct score prediction.
Both teams to score.
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