Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After eliminating Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last 16, Villarreal will be looking to prove their worth in the two-legged tie against Sparta Prague as well. The Yellow Submarine suffered a 2-1 loss to Rapid Wien in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, but they have not suffered a loss in the process ever since. Marcelino’s troops are on a five-game winning run at home in the EL and they will be looking to keep their sixth consecutive clean sheet at their Camp el Madrigal when they take on the Czech outfit on Thursday night. Zdenek Scasny’s men did well to shock Lazio at Stadio Olimpico in the last 16, but we do not believe that the visitors are capable of claiming yet another major scalp. Villarreal are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they head into the game following a 2-1 win over Eibar in La Liga, we predict that the hosts will record a win over Sparta in Wednesday’s football match.
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.