Anyone remember how our home game against The Yellow Submarine ended earlier this season? Heartbreak.
Here’s the current table (again):
1 Real Madrid 62
2 Barcelona 58
3 Villarreal 56
4 Atlético 50
We aren’t in a position to leap over them in the league table if we win, but a win would still increase our chances of retaining a Champions spot and perhaps leap-frogging them in a future round if they slip up.
STARTING 11: Abbiati; Antonio López, Pablo, Perea, Pernía; Ignacio Camacho, Raúl García, Maxi, Luis García; Forlán and Kun Agüero
SUBS: Leo Franco, Zé Castro, Seitaridis, Cléber, Miguel, Jurado, Mista.
The big loss for us is Simao, who injured himself mid-week.
Their squad list is available, however:
GK: Diego López & Viera.
D: Javi Venta, Gonzalo, Godin, Capdevila, Ángel y Josemi.
M: Josico, Marcos Senna, Pires, Cazorla, Bruno, Mati Fernández, Eguren & Cani.
F: Nihat, Rossi & Tomasson.
Nihat 12 goals
Rossi 11 goals
Villarreal’s recent five Liga results:
1-2 away win against Levante
2-0 home win against Zaragoza
1-2 away win against Barcelona
0-0 away draw against Osasuna
1-2 away win against Athletic
Not bad at all, then again, with the exception of Barcelona, they have played some fairly average, mid-table teams. So, truth be told, I’m unimpressed with their current string of results.
In terms of the game, I don’t think it will be a goal-scoring free-for-all like earlier this season. For some reason, I see this being a rather tight affair.
Here’s hoping for a win, either way.