Match Preview: Villarreal 2-2 Espanyol Prediction and Betting Tips | Spain (LaLiga Santander)

Villarreal – Espanyol betting tips for today, February 3, 2019

Kick-off: 12:00 Villarreal – Espanyol
Football:  Spain – LaLiga Santander
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odds: 1.36
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 2:2 LOST

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In a H2H history that dates back to just 1998/99 in La Liga (LL), Espanyol have only ever claimed two wins at Villarreal (D7, L9). Those games feature an average of just 2.16 goals per fixture over that time, while just five saw both teams score.
Now second-bottom and five points off safety, Villarreal (W3, D9, L9) sacked Luis Garcia midweek after just one win in his 50 days in charge (D5, L3), replacing him with Javi Calleja.
Villarreal home games have been close affairs despite their poor record (W1, D5, L5), with both teams finding the net in the last seven league games. Each of their five home losses have been by a single-goal margin, while eight games have seen a level half-time score.
After a good start to the season, Espanyol (W7, D3, L11) are starting to slip down the table amid a dreadful run of one win in their last ten LL games (L9). Eight of those games saw them concede multiple goals, while six saw them lose with a +1 handicap head start.
Despite a dreadful away record (W1, D3, L7), Espanyol have a league-high six half-time wins. It is therefore no surprise that they have just one second-half away win this season and a league-low one goal scored in that period.
Players to watch: Karl Toko Ekambi (VIL) has 11 competitive goals this season, including a goal in two of the three H2Hs this season. Borja Iglesias (ESP) has 12 competitive goals this season, and two against Villarreal in the cup.
Stat attack: All three H2Hs this season saw over 3.5 goals and two 3-1 home victories for Espanyol.
By far the most common result in this LL H2H is 0-0, with 27.03% (ten) of games ending that way.
No side has seen less first-half goals in their LL home games than Villarreal (seven).

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