Villarreal have a real task on their hands if they are progress to the last eight of the Europa League when they travel to face fellow Spanish side Sevilla on Thursday night.
Current holders Sevilla will be favourites to progress into the quarter-finals after they secured a 3-1 away victory in the first leg last week. Unai Emery’s side are boding well domestically aswell as in Europe scoring three or more goals in six of their last eight matches. A 3-0 victory against Elche at the weekend has moved them within just four points of an out of form Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table.
Villarreal will ready need to pull out all the stops to score the three goals that they would need to go through on Thursday, the Spanish side’s goal scoring form in the competition leads to suggest that they’ll score at least one having scored in all 11 matches that they have been involved in this season. However their recent form of late has dipped winning just the one in their last five. That will be held against them when they travel to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium where their hosts have a fantastic run of form winning six straight European games and conceding just two goals.
A big blow for Sevilla is the absence of their key midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak who’s booking last week has him suspended for this tie and he will be replaced by Stephane Mbia. There are a few Sevilla who are one booking away from a suspension with; Fernando Navarro, Daniel Carrico, Vitolo and Aleix Vidal all walking a fine line.
Villarreal also have a player suspended in the form of Juame Costa who picked up his third booking of the competition in the reverse fixture, however Tomas Pina does return from his own suspension. Adrian Marin and Bruno will be out for this game and Victor Ruiz and Mateo Musacchio are doubts after missing the 0-0 with Almeria on Sunday.