Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
After sharing the spoils with fellow “Yellow Submarine” Cadiz on the road, Villarreal will be looking to return to winning ways when they face Real Valladolid on home soil. Unai Emery’s troops will have to learn to play without key midfielder Dani Parejo, who is out of contention for one month, but they are surely capable of matching La Pucela at their Estadio de la Ceramica.
Gerard Moreno remains in the recovery room as well, but the likes of Paco Alcacer and Takefusa Kubo are likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders. Real Valladolid failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Deportivo Alaves, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the “Yellow Submarine”. Defender Nacho missed the Villarreal game through suspension as he was sent off in the defeat to Alaves at the weekend.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina.
Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered.
His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
Highlighted Team (Valladolid):
Real Valladolid is a Spanish club based in Valladolid, the part of the autonomous community of Castille and Leon. Founded in 1928, Real Valladolid play their home matches at Jose Zorilla, the venue that has the capacity 26,512. La Pucela have yet to win the La Liga title, but it is important to note that they finished fourth at the end of the 1962/1963 season.
Real Valladolid made it to the Spanish Cup final on two occasions (1949/1950, 1988/1989). In 1984 they won Copa de la Liga (League Cup), which is considered the team’s biggest success. Speaking of their European records, Real Valladolid participated in the 1989/1990 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup quarter-finals.
La Pucela are well known for their purple and white shirts, but they are known for some top-class footballers as well. The likes of Diego Costa, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Borja Fernandez, Rene Higuita, Luis Garcia and Aritz Aduriz played for Real Valladolid in the past.