The Yellow Submarine is looking to extend the unbeaten run in all competitions to 19 matches when they host the Basque outfit on Tuesday. Check out our Villarreal vs Athletic Bilbao Preview for this LaLiga encounter.
Villarreal Recent Form & Team News
A 3-1 win at Osasuna last time out extended Villarreal’s unbeaten run to 11 LaLiga matches (W5, D6) – their longest such streak since March 2016. That result also continued a recent trend too, as each of their last five top-flight fixtures to see a winner have now witnessed the opening goal scored in the opening 15 minutes.
At home, the hosts are one of just two LL sides yet to lose in the league this campaign (W4, D3), though only two of those have seen them enjoy a HT lead (W2, D3, L2). That record has been achieved thanks to a strong late superiority however, as the Yellow Submarine have not conceded a single goal after the hour mark at home this LL season.
Player to watch: Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno dominates the LL top scorer standings with eight goals to date, but only three have come before HT.
Unai Emery will be without Francis Coquelin (muscle) and Alberto Moreno (knee).
Athletic Bilbao Recent Form & Team News
Visitors Athletic Bilbao’s 2-0 home win in their previous top-flight outing saw their four-game winless run in the top-flight come to an end (D2, L2). Entertaining second halves appear to be a fledgling theme for Bilbao this term, as their LL fixtures have averaged a league-high 1.86 second-half match goals, in comparison to a league-low of 0.57 in the first half.
Winless in five top-flight away matches (D2, L3), the visitors will be desperate to avoid conceding first as they are winless across their last two seasons in LL when conceding the opener on the road (D1, L11). Encouragingly though, Los Leones have kept a first-half clean sheets in each of their last three LL road trips to Villarreal.
Player to watch: Raúl Garcia has just one goal this season, but is the only Athletic player to have netted against Villarreal in over 363 minutes of H2H play.
Hot streak: None of the previous nine LL H2Hs have witnessed the home side on the day possess a lead at HT.
Gaizka Garitano cannot count on Peru Nolaskoain (muscle) and Asier Villalibre.
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