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Villarreal vs Red Bull Salzburg: Europa League Gamethread

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Unai Emery’s side look to advance with a lead heading into their home leg.

Villarreal CF v Levante UD - La Liga Santander Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Keep an eye on the first 15 minutes of this one. With a two goal lead, things get much dicier if they cut it to one with most of the match remaining and with a high pressing team like Salzburg they are most likely to do that when their players are most fresh. If we are 0-0 at half, the warning repeats itself, especially given Villarreal’s struggles on either side of the break this season.

We’ve done an excellent job against high pressing teams all season, and for the most part the first leg of this tie was no exception. Against any good team there will be moments of danger, as we saw, but this should be another win for Villarreal.

Lineups

Looks like Jaume Costa at right back and everything else is our pretty standard 4-3-3. My thinking is we’ll need at least one goal today to be comfortable getting through this tie, otherwise we’ll be in for a stressful afternoon. How our midfield and back line handle the press will be everything. I’m more comfortable with Jaume in possession as a fullback than I am with Foyth. Foyth might actually be a better passer but the Battler’s understanding of positioning out wide is just so much better.

Patson Daka is coming off a hat trick, so if you’re a big believer in form, he’s one to keep an eye on. There’s a lot of continuity between this lineup and the one that took down Rapid Wien 4-2 on Sunday.

Thoughts?

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