Match Preview: Elche 1-0 Villarreal Predictions and Betting Tips 16.01.2022

Elche – Villarreal Predictions & Tips For Today, January 16, 2022.

League: SPAIN: LaLiga – Round 21
Match: 14:00 Elche – Villarreal
Tip: Under 3.5 Goals
Odd: 1.35
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 1:0 WON!!!

Elche – Villarreal Match Preview

  • Elche have made a fine start to 2022 (W2, D1 – across all competitions) and for now at least have lifted themselves clear of the La Liga (LL) relegation zone so that could be one New Year’s resolution ticked off! There’s plenty more to do if they’re to stay ahead of the bottom-three though, as their cushion ahead of this matchday still stands at just two points.
  • This season they’ve been draw specialists at home in the league (W2, D5, L2), becoming hard to beat on home soil as highlighted by the fact that those two defeats came against sides that currently sit inside the league’s top three. Often enjoying the underdog status, they’ve now gone unbeaten in 60% of home LL matches which they entered as outsiders this term.
  • Eighth-placed Villarreal are in excellent league form (W4, D1) as they sit on the edge of the battle for European qualification ahead of this latest matchday. With clear goalscoring potential, averaging 3.4 goals per game during that five-match unbeaten run, in this clash they’ll be looking to put their Copa del Rey defeat to lower-league Sporting Gijón behind them and with no loss in nine H2Hs (W4, D5), they’ll see this as a good chance to get back to winning ways.
  • Given Elche’s prowess at home though, a win for the ‘Yellow Submarine’ won’t be straightforward as they’ve been dreadful on the road this term, scoring just seven goals in total across nine such outings. Three of them came in their last LL road trip against Real Sociedad however (W 3-1), and they’ll hope that that result signals continued improvement on their hitherto underwhelming record (W1, D5, L3).
  • Players to watchPere Milla’s brace helped Elche beat Espanyol last time out and all three of his goalscoring appearances this term were in games producing over 2.5 goals. For Villarreal, centre-back Pau Torres has popped up with first-half goals in each of their last two league fixtures.
  • Hot stat: Elche’s last nine LL games saw the half-time result replicated at full-time.