Valencia will look to bounce back from their recent loss at Eibar as they host regional neighbours Villarreal at Mestalla. Marcelino’s side will be strong favourites against the visitors, who remain in sixth after their recent victory at Celta Vigo
Where and when: Mestalla – 23 December, kick-off 15:45
Where you can see Valencia v Villarreal: bet365 live streaming
Last time: Villarreal completed a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Los Che back in May, to avenge their 2-0 home defeat from earlier in the campaign. The Yellow Submarine are unbeaten in their last three trips to the stadium, winning twice.
Valencia v Villarreal Predictions and Preview
Valencia have dropped only four points from their eight home games this season – against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona – while Villarreal have only 11 points from nine away fixtures to date.
However, Marcelino’s side have dropped to third after their weekend defeat at Eibar – their second loss in three games as their title ambitions have been derailed.
Villarreal, who have been decimated by injuries this season, secured an impressive victory at Celta to close the gap on fifth-placed Sevilla to five points.
Goncalo Guedes should return to Los Che’s starting line-up having missed three games with injury, and coming off the bench at Eibar.
Cedric Bakambu will return from suspension to partner Carlos Bacca up front for the visitors, with both teams likely to line-up in a 4-4-2 formation.
The hosts are favourites to triumph in this game at odds of 21/20 with an away victory available at 5/2 and the draw priced at 11/4.
One to watch for Valencia: Only Lionel Messi has scored more La Liga goals this season than Simone Zaza (10) and he netted in the recent home win over Celta Vigo. He is priced at 7/5 to score anytime in this fixture.
One to watch for Villarreal: Congolese international striker Cedric Bakambu has scored five goals in his last five games and has scored 14 goals in all competitions this campaign, while he is 24/13 to score anytime here.
Long shot: For six of the past eight meetings between these two teams, whoever has led at half time has won the game including both of Villarreal’s last two trips to the Mestalla. Valencia are unbeaten at home this season but for the visitors to lead at half time and win the match is priced at 5/1.