Sevilla's 11 match unbeaten run in all competitions may have come to an end on Thursday night after they were beaten 1-0 by APOEL Nicosia in Cyprus, but the result won't concern Julen Lopetegui and his side too much considering they had already qualified easily for the Last 16 of the Europa League as Group A winners.
Los Palanganas can now concentrate solely on La Liga until European competition resumes in February, and they are enjoying a massive season domestically after the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League places last term.
Sevilla have a stranglehold on 3rd place after a run of five wins and three draws from their last eight top flight matches, and they head into their penultimate La Liga fixture before Christmas just three points behind joint leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Things could look much worse for Villarreal over the Christmas period though, as they face a tough home fixture against 5th placed Getafe on Matchday 18 and they head to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this Sunday having lost six of their eight league matches on the road this season.
Javier Calleja's side are now without a win in six La Liga games following three draws and three defeats, and although last weekend's 0-0 stalemate against Atletico Madrid at La Ceramica can be considered a fair result, they desperately need a victory soon to restore confidence and prevent being drawn into the relegation picture.
Based on recent form, Sevilla's strength in Andalusia and Villarreal's struggles away from home, the hosts are worthy odds-on favourites for this Sunday's encounter but they still represent a bit of value at around the 4/6 mark.
The Andalusian giants will have been frustrated not to get the better of Osasuna at El Sadar last weekend after the hosts were reduced to ten men with half an hour to play, but the 1-1 draw nonetheless kept Sevilla's unbeaten run in-tact and they will be hopeful of a six point haul over the next fortnight with an away game against strugglers Mallorca to come on Matchday 18.
Villarreal endured a nightmare 2018/19 domestically as they slumped to a poor 14th place finish, and it looks as though El Submarino Amarillo are booked for a similar berth again this time around despite a positive start to the campaign in the opening rounds.
How To Watch
When: Sunday at p.m. ET
Where: JenS Vesting
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Ticket Cost: $35.50
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We're confidently getting behind Julen Lopetegui's side to bag all three points and we're also predicting a 3-1 correct score. Whilst Villarreal have lost six from eight on their travels, they have managed to net in all of their away games this season, a trend which we can see continuing here due to their attacking style of play.
Sevilla vs Villarreal predictions for Sunday’s late afternoon La Liga kick-off at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. 3rd placed Sevilla will be hoping to stay on the coattails of the leaders by beating a Villarreal side who are without a win in six. Read on for all our free La Liga predictions and betting tips.