Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1 (-1 AH)
| Match result:
0-1 - Lost
Villarreal were solid in this season, they will end up at the top of the table in Europa league group A no matter on outcome of last match where will face with Maccabi Tel Aviv, in Spanish league are at 6th position after 14 rounds and despite few failures still can be satisfied with their effort. For this duel are marked as clear favorites as are facing with outsiders in this group and another victory is least what their fans expect. In last game in 14th round of Spanish league hosts were defeated on their trip to Leganes with two goals difference and simple couldn't find the way to outplay team which plays some really good football in this therm.
In first match against Maccabi they divided points after goalless draw on the road, here at home stadium i'm quiet sure that Villarreal can celebrate and get back on winning tracks. At this field they were defeated only once in this season by Sevilla in great game where had a lead but in the end couldn't avoid conceding three goals. Here are facing with a team which failed to score a single goal in five rounds of Europa league, they shouldn't have much problems to break their poor defense. Goalkeeper Andres Fernandez (3/0), defender Ruben Semedo (5/1), attacking midfielders Denis Cheryshev (10/1), Samu Castillejo (13/1) and forward Nicola Sansone (13/4) are injured and will miss another match.
Maccabi Tel Aviv on the other side were outsiders in this group from start but still were really terrible and are at bottom of the table in their group with only one point earned and without goals scored, in five games conceded 8 goals and i just doubt that will manage to confront to a decent Villarreal. Their only point in this stage they earned against current opponents in first game at home but here despite opponents already secured top of the table i doubt that will avoid defeat, there is big difference in quality of these two sides.
In Israel guests neither were so great but still are one of main title contenders and five points are behind leaders, now as are without chances in Europe must focus on domestic league and try to keep up with teams above. To this encounter are coming after a draw in last round in domestic league one of the weakest teams and here against Villarreal must show something much more to avoid defeat but in my opinion they are almost without chances. Forward Omer Atzili (3/0) is injured and will miss this duel.
Hosts won't rush for a victory in this duel as they already secure top of the table but there is simple big gap in quality, i believe that guests simple don't have a chance and victory of Villarreal seems inevitable.