Villarreal was seconds away from salvation at Mestalla in the penultimate round of the 2011-12 season. But Valencia scored through Jonas, the Yellow Submarine then lost at home to Atlético Madrid, and Rayo Vallecano scored a last-minute equalizer at home against Granada. Relegation beckoned for our boys in yellow.
Now we have returned...#HemTornat
Official Villarreal XI: Asenjo; Mario, Musacchio, Dorado, J. Costa; Trigueros, Bruno; Cani, Hernán (from out of the squad to the starting XI!); Gio, Uche.
Official Villarreal bench: J. Carlos; Pantic, Íñiguez; Pina, Aquino; Perbet, Jony.
Three changes from the unsuccessful XI in Bilbo: Manu Trigueros for Tomás Pina, Hernán Perez for the inconsistent Javier Aquino, and Ikechukwu Uche for Jony Pereira. Time to shuffle the deck a bit. Giovani dos Santos should have extra incentive facing international teammate Andrés Guardado.
And did I mention this was a derbi? Time to win in front of a full house -- including the away section -- at El Madrigal. A por todas!
The match begins at 12 noon Eastern Time (Europe has already "fallen back"). BeIN Sport en Español has you covered in the US. Endavant Villarreal!