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Result: Villarreal 1-1 Sporting

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Who: VillarrealSporting
What: La Liga, Jornada 28
When: 19:00 Spain; 14:00 Eastern Time (spring forward!)
Where: Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal
TV: GolTV (US)

My projected starting XI:

Diego López
Mario – Marchena – Gonzalo – Capdevila
Cani – Bruno – Borja – Cazorla
Rossi – Nilmar

Welcome home after a (rare) road win. Welcome back, Cani and Capdevila (and Eguren-- thanks for the point in Gijón). Time to put a stranglehold on 4th place in La Liga.

Garrido knows that Sporting does play football; watch for Miguel de las Cuevas, an Atlético castoff come good. I expect that the win in Leverkusen will be a real shot in the arm; hope El Madrigal gets behind the home side.

Nilmar finally looks fully fit after his long absence, and I think the Brazilian's class will be too much for the Sporting back four (or even five). 2-0 to Villarreal, and on to a vital week ahead. Endavant Villarreal!