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Prediction: Villarreal v Red Bull Salzburg – preview and betting tips

Foot Predictions shows the Europa League clash on Thursday between Villarreal and Red Bull Salzburg, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.

Red Bull Salzburg will seek to overcome a deficit of two goals on Thursday, when they travel to face Villarreal in the second stage of Europa League tie in rounds of 32.

Goals Paco Alcacer and Fernando nino in the first leg it gave the Spanish side a crucial advantage at the start of this game, while their two away goals may also be important in the tie’s decision.


Match analysis

Villarreal got off to a disappointing start in the first leg when striker Paco Alcacer had a penalty saved after half an hour, but the Spaniard scored soon after, putting the Yellow Submarine ahead in the 40th minute.

Their advantage was then doubled when Nino headed close after being left alone in the area, giving Unai Emeryon the side some crucial breathing space.

It was the 54th career victory for the Spanish coach in the Europa League, having already won the trophy three times for Sevilla.

Yellow Submarine crossed the group stage, leading the group with 16 points, after winning all games, except for the 1-1 draw with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

However, Emery’s men have been fighting domestically recently, failing to register a victory in the last six La Liga matches.

Last time, Villarreal drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao, when Alejandro Berenguer tied for the hosts after Gerard Moreno gave Emery an early edge alongside Emery.

Their race caused the Yellow Submarine to fall from the top three, now occupying the sixth position, which means that they could lose European football next season.

As a result, the Spaniard will be desperate to advance to the round of 16, as securing the Europa League trophy may be his only means of qualifying for Europe in the next campaign.

Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch reacts to the Europa League on February 18, 2021

The Austrian national team is in the Europa League qualifiers after finishing third in the Champions League group, after drawing with Atlético de Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The team returned to winning ways the last time after losing in the first leg, beating Rapid Vienna 4-2 at home in a crucial game at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga.

ONE Patson Daka hat-trick, followed by an afternoon Karim Adeyemi goal, sealed the sixth consecutive championship win for Jesse Marschon the left, with a six point advantage over the opponent in the championship lead.

Die Roten Bullen now looks on track for the eighth consecutive first division trophy, however, Marsch will still be disappointed in his European form as he fought a difficult battle in the second leg.

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All news from the teams

Villarreal's Gerard Moreno celebrates his first goal with teammates against Real Madrid on November 21, 2020

Villarreal remains without midfielder Francis Coquelin, who continues his period on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

He is accompanied by another midfielder Vicente Iborra, which has not yet presented a ligament rupture since the turn of the year.

Concerns about injuries are not limited to the midfield, with experienced right-back Mario gaspar for this second stage.

However, they were recently driven by the return of the attacker Samu Chukwueze, who left the bench in the tie with Athletic Bilbao.

Etienne Capoue also returned to full form recently, increasing Emery’s midfield options, also allowing Juan Foyth to retreat to strengthen your defensive line.

Central defense Andre Ramalho will be available for Salzburg after missing the first leg due to punishment.

However, they remain without left-back Bernardo and wing Noah Okafor through injuries.

They will also be missing Sekou Koita and Mohamed Camara after the pair failed doping tests after their international duty with Mali.

Patson Daka will lead the Salzburg line with 16 goals and five assists in 14 league games this season, including a hat trick last time.

Possible starting lineup for Villarreal:
Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Trigueros, Capoue, Parejo, Gomez; Moreno, Alcacer

Possible starting lineup for Red Bull Salzburg:
Stankovic; Nissen, Ramalho, Vallci, Ulmer; Mwepu, Junuzovic, Bernede; Berisha, Daka, Aaronson


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Probability: Villarreal 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg

This definitely has the potential to be a very unpredictable game, as Salzburg try to attack to reduce their deficit, while Emery’s team will try to defend the lead and advance to the round of 16.

The Austrian team will certainly be configured in an offensive system, and we see them taking down Villarreal, but we hope that the Yellow Submarine will take advantage of Salzburg’s compromised bodies and take them on the counterattack, leaving this game with a narrow victory and a very comfortable aggregate victory.


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