With one win in their last five league games, Villarreal will be looking to get back to their form when they host Roma at the Estadio de la Cerámica in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League.
The Hosts Looking To Come Back
The hosts haven’t been in their best form in recent weeks. The team have won only one game in their last five La Liga fixtures. Villarreal have collected a total of 6 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Malaga at home where they drew 1-1.
Villarreal are currently sitting in the 6th place in the league table. They have 36 points from 9 wins, 9 draws and 4 losses. The team scored 29 goals and conceded 15 since the start of the season.
Roberto Soriano was sent off at the weekend but his suspension in La Liga will not prohibit his involvement in Thursday’s meeting with Roma.
Villarreal rotated their squad during the group stages and gave chances to the likes of Antonio Rukavina, Andres Fernandez and Jose Angel, although it remains to be seen whether they will employ a similar tactic for the business end of the competition.
Roma Looking To Extend Their Good Form To Europe
The Europa League will give Roma manager Luciano Spalletti the chance to rotate his players with the likes of Leandro Paredes, Alisson, Juan Jesus set for minutes on Thursday.
Roma have collected a total of 12 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in Serie A. Their last league match was against Crotone away from home where they won 2-0.
Roma are currently sitting in the 2nd place in the league table. They have 53 points from 17 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses. They have scored 50 goals and conceded 21 since the start of the season.
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