Espanyol vs Villarreal: Espanyol welcome Villarreal to Cornella El Prat on Thursday evening with their Copa del Rey last 16 tie level at 2-2 after the first leg. The visitors were in complete control of the game.
Event: Spain – Copa del Rey
Team: Espanyol vs Villarreal:
Date: Friday 18 January, 2019
Game Time: 12:30 ET
Espanyol vs Villarreal predictions for Thursday’s Copa del Rey round-of-16 second-leg match in Barcelona. The first game was drawn 2-2. Read on for our free predictions and betting tips.
The visitors were in complete control of the game heading into the last five minutes last week leading 2-0, yet conceded twice late on to give Villarreal hope.
After a run of below-par matches, Magico seems to have turned a new leaf in the new year. They have remained unbeaten in their two matches in 2019. They almost pulled off a victory in their first leg tie against the Yellow Submarines. But late-match complacency undid all the hard work they put in earlier.
Despite showing some spirit in the final minutes of the first leg, Villarreal have endured an extremely disappointing time of late.
The side from the province of Castellon have not won away in any competition since September 26, a run of ten winless games on the road.
Espanyol meanwhile have been generally strong at home, winning eight of their last 11 matches in front of their own fans, and while they may not be in the best form, they will certainly have more confidence about them than a struggling Villarreal side.