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Sevilla-Villarreal: team news, prediction, where to watch

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Sevilla have to win this, Villarreal want at least to draw. Should be fun.

Maria José Segovia

Team news: As reported earlier, Villarreal will face Sevilla without Mario Musacchio and Jaume Costa, still recovering from injuries, and Roberto Soldado, suspended for yellow card accumulation.

Sevilla have selected 19 players, needing to drop one before the match.  Their squad is Sergio Rico, David Soria, Mariano, Diogo, Tremoulinas, Escudero, Rami, Carriço, Kolo, N'Zonzi, Cristóforo, Iborra, Banega, Reyes, Krohn-Dehli, Konoplyanka, Juan Muñoz, Llorente and Gameiro.

The home side has had, to date, what has to be one of the strangest seasons ever.  At home, after losing their first two matches, they have won 12 in a row; away, they have drawn nine times and lost five, winning not at all.  29 goals in favor, 12 allowed at home.

Sevilla has gone of the boil a bit as far as scoring goals, perhaps largely because they have been quite reliant on Kevin Gamiero (13 goals).  He's a key guy, so too Ever Banega in midfield, Konoplyanka, and then there is the aerial threat of Llorente, who has four goals so far this season.

All-time record:  Not great for Villarreal, 2 wins, 1 draw, 10 losses in the Primera.  1-1-2 in other competitions.  Last win for us there?  Amazingly, 2-1 in February 2012, with Camuñas (!!) scoring the winner.  Didn't keep us from going down though.  We lost here twice last year (once Europa League, once La Liga) by 2-1 each time.

Prediction: I think Llorente will probably get a headed goal, but I think we'll score too. 1-1, which hopefully will be enough to keep us happy in fourth as the season winds down.

How to watch: Bein Sport in the USA (second channel), and Canada as well.   Remember to "spring forward" your clocks, as daylight savings time starts here!

Sky Sports in the UK, ESPN Latin America in...Latin America (and South America).

If you can't watch any of these, there will be streams....

ENDAVANT VILLARREAL!!