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[UEFA Europa League] Villarreal VS Maccabi Tel Aviv 8.12 [Copy Link]

Villarreal: The Spaniards are already assured of group profit ( Recent Form: D W L W L )
Villarreal already has her European sheep on dry land. The Spaniards are still unbeaten in this Europa League and with eleven points from five rounds, they are already guaranteed group win in group A of the Europa League. The last group match, at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv, is nothing more than a glorified exhibition game for the yellow shirts. The match selection is not yet known, but Villarreal is guaranteed to play with her second set-up on Thursday-evening. This weekend, the topper against league-leader FC Barcelona is waiting in the Spanish Primera Division. Clappers like Cedric Bakambu and Carlos Bacca are not completely fit and will not take action on Thursday night anyway. Nicola Sansone is also sidelined due to injuries. The good news is that Samu castillejo and Ruben Semedo returned to the training ground this week, so they might be able to do some race rhythm again against Maccabi Tel Aviv. Furthermore, trainer Javi Calleja will probably call on regular reserves like Sergio Asenjo and Antonio Rukavina and young talents such as Leo Suarez, Chuca and Ramiro Guerra. We will therefore probably see a very different Villarreal team than usual.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: The Israelis have already been eliminated ( Recent Form: W L D W D )
For Maccabi Tel Aviv, the group phase of the Europa League has become a real torture. The Israelis held only a scant point in their five group matches and did not even manage to score once. Last season, the club of trainer Jordi Cruijff did not manage to overwinter in the Europa League, but it did manage to show up with a 1-2 victory over AZ in Alkmaar. That did not happen at all in this year, though ironically enough, the only thing he got was his own run against league leader Villarreal: 0-0. In an original duel, only three goal attempts were recorded in the ninety minutes. Maccabi Tel Aviv - Villarreal was perhaps the most sleep-inducing Europa League game of this season. The lack of scoring ability is therefore a big problem at Maccabi Tel Aviv. The fans will undoubtedly have recollected with sadness this season when Eran Zahavi had the blue-yellow of the club around. With 99 goals in 120 competition appearances, the striker was feared on the Israeli fields. Today, however, he is active at the Chinese Guangzhou R & F, where he was crowned the top scorer of the Chinese Superleague last season. In the current selection of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Vidar Kjartansson and Nick Blackman have to take care of the goal production, but the Icelandic and Englishman, each with four league goals, can not even tie Zahavi's laces.

After all, in contrast to the bookmakers, I honestly do not expect a goals match. Villarreal will save as much energy as possible in view of the cracker against FC Barcelona from next weekend. Goalgetters like Bacca and Bakambu are going to be absent anyway. Maccabi Tel Aviv will leave the Europa League with a lifted head, but currently lacks scoring power. I therefore see value in the bet under 3.5 goals.

Villarreal  VS  Maccabi Tel Aviv

Pick: Under 3.5 @ 1.51.

UEFA EL    01:00    FT    Villarreal    0 - 1    Maccabi Tel Aviv
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