Villarreal have found their stride as they still remain unbeaten in La Liga, and also in the Europa League, confirming their best ever start of the season under newcomer manager Fran Escribá. Five wins and six draws have placed the team fifth in La Liga Santander and leader of the Group L in the Europa League. The Yellow Submarine posses the 2nd best defense in all of the top leagues in Europe having conceded only 4 in 8 matches in La Liga.
One of the keys for Villarreal during last season was their strength at home. A huge reliability in Madrigal, altogether with a remarkable defensive strength that showed throughout the championship, were one of the main ingredients of the success of the past campaign for the Yellow Submarine.
Las Palmas are not too shabby either. The Gran Canaria side sit comfortably in 8th place, 4 points away from the Yellow Submarine, although they have failed to win in their last 4 matches since they last defeated Málaga 1-0 during September. It is worth mentioning they did manage to earn a 2-2 draw against Madrid. Furthermore, Las Palmas is the eighth team with the most goals conceded (13).
During last season, Las Palmas became only the second team to win at the Madrigal in that shocking 1-0 loss. Celta de Vigo and Deportivo were the only other 2 teams that were able to escape El Madrigal with a victory.
Villarreal: As expected this season when Villarreal play at home, Escriba will only announce the match-day squad an hour and half prior the game. However, we do know that Cheryshev will be out for the encounter due to precautionary concerns, while Musacchio will be fully fit to face the Canarians.
Las Palmas: Meanwhile, Quique Setien, coach of the UD Las Palmas, gave out the squad selection on Saturday at the end of the preparatory meeting held in Gran Canaria. Las Palmas squad for tomorrow's game Sunday against Villarreal in El Madrigal is: Lizoain Raul, Javi Varas, Michel Macedo, David Garcia, Pedro Bigas, Lemos, Dani Castilian, Roque Mesa, Vicente Gómez, Jonathan Viera, Prince Boateng, Tana, Araujo, Montoro, Asdrubal, Momo, Helder Lopes and Tyronne.
I’m hoping we don’t get cocky as last season at El Madrigal when that goal by David García made everyone upset.
We have experienced goals galore at El Madrigal in the past 2 games. I’ll go with a 3-0 victory. Bakagol, and the German-Italian connection Sansone and Soriano.