Competition: Copa del Rey
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 7/10 @ Bet 365
After playing out a 2-2 draw eight days ago, Villarreal will travel to Espanyol on Thursday night with both sides looking to book their spot in the quarterfinals of this year’s Copa del Rey.
Starting with the hosts, coming off the back of a 3-2 loss away at Real Sociedad last weekend, Espanyol are still drastically struggling with their form entering 2019. With Imanol Alguacil now watching his side managing to record just one win in their last six attempts, it has been their worrying defensive record most upsetting fans around the RCDE Stadium. On the verge of slipping out of the top half of the table in La Liga, Periquitos have recorded just two clean sheets in their last 11 appearances, with one of those coming against lower league Cadiz. It is also worth noting that the hosts have now conceded seven goals in their last three matches at home.
As for the visitors, suffering more last-gasp heartache against Getafe on Saturday, Villarreal find themselves firmly in the relegation race in La Liga. Already sat way down in 19th and chasing down a four-point deficit, the former European powerhouses have failed to win any of their last six domestic matchups. Much like Alguacil at Espanyol, it will be the Yellows’ defensive instability giving Luis García the biggest headache. Villarreal have recorded just one clean sheet in their last seven Spanish based matchups. With both teams now scoring in seven of the last 10 combined matches between Espanyol and Villarreal, we’re backing both teams to find the net on Thursday.
Bet: Both teams to score at Espanyol vs Villarreal 7/10 for Thursday’s Copa del Rey tie @ Bet 365
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