Villarreal finished in seventh place last season which is beyond their expectation and will need a strong start if they want to finish among the teams from the top four.
- Valladolid vs Villarreal
- La Liga – Round 1
- Date – 13/08/2022
- Starting time – 07.00 PM CET
- Venue: Estadio Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid, Spain
Valladolid Stats & Form
Valladolid finished second in the Segunda Division last season with 81 points, as many as Almeria who finished on top of the table. Both teams had 24 wins, 9 losses and 9 draws but Almeria had five-goal better goal differential.
Valladolid won the last four games in the Segunda Division and made a huge leap avoiding the Playoffs and going straight to the top division.
The team, whose majority owner is the famous Brazilian striker Ronaldo, made significant changes in the roster going into the season.
They bought Gonzalo Plata from Sporting Lisbon, Monchu from Granada and Ivan Sanchez from Birmingham. Sergio Escudero from Granada and Sergio Asenjo from Villarreal also arrived but on free transfers.
Valladolid possible lineup: Masip, Fresneda, Olaza, Kike, Mesa, Plano, Tuhami, Villa, Leon, Narro and Plata
Valladolid will go with all their capacity in the game against Villarreal.
Villarreal Stats & Form
Villarreal finished ins seventh place last season in La Liga with 16 wins, 11 losses and 11 draws for 59 points, which was 11 less than the spots that led into the UEFA Champions League. Villarreal made it to the semifinal of the elite European competition but will not participate this season.
They finished last season in La Liga with two wins in the last five games and by the middle of the season were the team with the most draws in the league.
Villarreal spend no money in the transfer window as they signed only two players on free deals. Those are José Luis Morales from Levante and Pepe Reina from Lazio who returns to the club.
Villarreal possible lineup: Jorgensen, Albiol, De la Fuente, Estupian, Mandi, Capoure, Gomez, Iborra, Parejo, Alcacer and Dia.
Alberto Moreno will not be available for Villarreal for the game against Valladolid.
Valladolid vs Villarreal Head-to-Head Stats
Villarreal has won three of the last five games against Valladolid with the remaining two finishing with both teams sharing the points.
The last nine games between these two teams have finished under 2.5 goals.
Valladolid vs Villarreal Betting Odds
Villarreal is a favorite to win this game with -106 odds in their favor while Valladolid is at 248. The odds for the draw are at 252.
The total goal margin is set at 2.5 with -102 for over and -122 for under.
Villarreal spent no money in the summer transfer window which is not the way a team with huge ambitions is coming into a season. Still, the core of the team is strong and they will be a tough opponent for any team in the league especially for the newcomers. Valladolid had an amazing finish of the season in Segunda and they deserved a chance to compete in the best Spanish league. Given the quality, Valladolid is probably the weakest team in the league but no one should count them off. They are starting the season at home against a tough team and there will not be many goals in this match. Valladolid and Villarreal scored no more than 2 goals in their last head-to-head games and that will not be the case this time around as well.
Expert betting tip: Under 2.5 goals (-102 by 22bet)