Our prediction for this match:
Wolverhampton will be aiming to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Derby County when they take on Villarreal at their Molineux Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Wolves aim to prove their worth in their last warm-up game before the season opener against Everton and we predict that coach Nuno Espirito Santo is going to field the best possible side against Villarreal. A man to watch in the Premier League team will be Helder Costa, who impressed in the 2017/2018 Championship campaign. The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, have yet to suffer a loss in pre-season, which is giving them a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to England. Villarreal will kick-off the 2018/2019 La Liga campaign soon as well and there is every chance the Spaniards will take Saturday’s friendly very seriously. Seeing that the Wolves play in front of home fans, we believe the two teams are going to share the spoils at Molineux Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Rui Patricio):
Sporting Lisbon and Portugal national team goalkeeper Rui Patricio is a one-club man. He was reportedly close to signing with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the 2008 of-season, but he remained in his club where he will most likely hang up his boots when the time comes. The 28-year-old shot stopper spent most of his career with the Lions making his debut with the first-team at only 18 years of age.
Rui Patricio went on to appear in more than 350 official games for the Portugal greats and remains the first-choice keeper for his club and country. Having gone through all the youth selections with the national team, Rui Patricio was given his first senior cap in 2010 after Paulo Bento’s appointment.
Rui Patricio represented his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and three European Championships. The 28-year-old was the mainstay in Portugal’s historic Euro 2016 title in France.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.