Salzburg vs Villarreal
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena.
The Yellow Submarines are an integral part of the Spanish top flight, and it needs to be noted that the La Liga is ranked as the best domestic league in the whole of Europe by UEFA.
In comparison, the Austrian Bundesliga is a far weaker contest, and it has essentially been a one-horse race for the past few seasons, with minor competition provided for the top-tier squads.
This lack of intensity will surely come to haunt these teams once they are faced with other European oppositions.
Especially, Unai Emery’s men have had to go through some of the very best teams in the world every single season, and most importantly, the manager is something of a specialist when it comes to the Europa.
Moreover, the Yellow Submarines also have an impressive h2h record against this foe in recent years.
As such, expect Villarreal to emerge victorious this Thursday.
Salzburg vs Villarreal: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams had locked horns in this same round of the 2015 edition of the Europa. Then, the Spanish contingent had recorded an aggregate scorecard of 2-5, including a 1-3 away win.
- It’s been 12 years since they have lost against this rival.
- They were also unbeaten in three of the former four games against other Austrian opposition.
- Jesse Marsch’s men were winless in ten of the preceding twelve overall games against other Spanish rivals.
Salzburg vs Villarreal Prediction
Emery is one of the most experienced managers in the history of Europa, and he also has a terrific squad at hand. They are one of the top-tier contenders in the best league in Europe, while their opposite number are from the lowly Austrian Bundesliga.
Going on, the Yellow Submarines also have a good h2h record against this rival in recent years, and and have a good record against other opposition from Austria as well.
On the other hand, the opposite is the case for the Red Bulls against La Liga rivals.
As such, expect Villarreal to have the upper hand this Thursday.
However, note that Marsch’s men are on a six-game winning run, and had scored a total of 17 goals in the process.
They are also at home, while their opposite number have not kept a clean sheet in their last four match-ups and had also conceded two or more goals in the past two games.
As such, expect the BTTS wager to bring good returns.