Match date: 17 Apr 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Spanish Football
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
2-1 - Lost
Alaves achieved really good results since they are newly promoted side, currently occupies 12th position at the table in Spanish La Liga and seven round before the end of the season are 18 points above relegation placed Gijon, tonight are facing with Villarreal in 32nd round at home and it will be really difficult especially since hosts dropped their form and in last three games suffered three defeats, in previous round were outplayed by Espanyol away from home and defeated with narrow result, before that suffered also narrow defeat against Osasuna at this stadium while in duel with Real Madrid simple couldn't avoid convincing defeat. Last time they met with Villarreal in November and in match away from home achieved victory although opponents were better and had more chances in the end Alaves collected all three points, i doubt that will manage to to achieve another victory against them. They can be satisfied with results, middle of the table is their maximum, to this match they are coming without much competitive motive and despite aren't total outsiders here i don't believe that will manage to collect some points, even in case that until the end suffer defeat in every single round still will stay above red line so will play without any pressure here and i expect good and open match. Defender Einar (0/0) and forward Sobrinho (6/1) are both injured and will miss this game, defender Feddal (21/1) and midfielder Edgar Menez (22/4) are suspended while forward Toquero (19/1) is in doubt due to a minor injury.
Villarreal meanwhile had decent season, they are at 5th spot at the table which leads them directly into Europa league group stage for the next campaign, they don't have much chances to climb up and fight for Champions league but least what they can do is to retain current spot, now must go for a victory to secure it and i'm pretty sure that will manage to celebrate. In last round they achieved important victory at home over Bilbao, one round before celebrate over Betis away from home, they are coming here to win and i believe that can overcome decent hosts tonight. In Europa league guests reached knockout stage but in 1/16 finals faced with Roma and failed to avoid elimination, from Spanish cup were eliminated earlier and now are fully focused on league and keeping of their current position. Visitors are slight favorites for this game, they are coming here with bigger motivation, if managed to celebrate they would be four points above 6th placed Bilbao. Title race in Spain is beyond their reach, top four teams are really strong and Villarreal simple must be satisfied with 5th position, i'm quiet sure that can retain it until the end and play in Europa league in the next season. Visitors are coming here without injured first goalkeeper Asenjo (24/0), defender Rukavina (3/0), midfielders Dos Santos (28/2) and Castillejo (29/2) while forward Soldado (5/2) and defender Ruiz (28/1) are both suspended.
Alaves secured their position in safe zone and until the end will try to earn some points but without any pressure, they aren't very motivated here and i doubt that will manage to avoid defeat against guests which will be seeking for a revenge for that defeat in previous meeting, Villarreal are in my opinion clear favorites and their victory seems like only possible outcome.