Villarreal vs Manchester United betting tips
This article covers Villarreal vs Manchester United betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.
o – Villarreal 7/2
o – Draw 12/5
o – Manchester United 17/20
Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Match details
Match: Villarreal vs Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: May 26, 2021
Kick-off time: 8:00 pm, May 26, 2021 (UK time)
Stadium: Stadion Energa Gdansk
Betting prediction: Villarreal 1 – 2 Manchester United
El Submarino Amarillo meet Manchester United in the Polsat Plus Arena Gdańsk in Gdańsk, Poland on Wednesday for the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League final.
Neutrals will be praying we see more action than the previous 4 matches between these teams. In 2005 and 2008 the sides faced each other in the Champions League Group Stages with all 4 matches ending in a 0-0 draw.
Previous games against Spaniards this season would suggest United will have no problem finding goals. They stuck 4 past both Real Sociedad and Granada en-route to this final.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Recommended bets
All 4 previous matches in this head-to-head have ended in a 0-0 draw. Odds of 8/1 are available for this match to be goalless after 90 minutes.
Villarreal’s last victory over English opposition was their 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the previous round. A repeat of this score after 90 minutes on Wednesday is available at odds of 14/1.
Manchester United’s last match against Spanish opposition ended in a 2-0 victory over Granada in the Quarter-Finals. You can back them at 15/2 for the same scoreline after 90 minutes here on Wednesday.
Villarreal vs Manchester United has historically been a dull affair with zero goals in the 360 minutes of football played thus far. You can back another low scoring game after 90 minutes here on Wednesday with odds of 4/5 on for under 2.5 goals.
Edinson Cavani recently extended his Manchester United contract for another season. The Uruguayan international is their joint-top scorer in this competition with 5 goals in just 247 minutes of football; an average of a goal every 49 minutes on the pitch.
Cavani is the favourite of those in red to get on the scoresheet at 13/8. You can back El Matador at 5/1 to grab the game’s opening goal.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: What are the betting odds?
The Yellow Submarine saw off English opposition in Arsenal to reach the final. They are 7/4 underdogs to lift the Europa League trophy on Wednesday evening.
The Red Devils have already scored 8 goals without reply against the Spanish sides they have faced en-route to this final. United are odds on favourites at 4/9 on to lift the trophy.
Every match between these sides to date has ended in a draw. Odds of 12/5 are available if you see Villarreal and Manchester United cancelling each and sending this match into extra time.
Villarreal vs Manchester United – recent form and head to head statistics
Villarreal CF vs Elche CF - 4:1
RCD Mallorca vs Villarreal CF - 0:0
Villarreal CF vs Atalanta BC - 2:2
Atletico Madrid vs Villarreal CF - 2:2
Espanyol Barcelona vs Villarreal CF - 0:0
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
Manchester United vs West Ham United - 0:1
West Ham United vs Manchester United - 1:2
Young Boys Bern vs Manchester United - 2:1
Manchester United vs Newcastle United - 4:1
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United - 0:1
|September 22, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||Villarreal CF||4 - 1||Elche CF|
|September 19, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||RCD Mallorca||0 - 0||Villarreal CF|
|September 14, 2021||UEFA Champions League 21/22||Villarreal CF||2 - 2||Atalanta BC|
|September 11, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||Villarreal CF||0 - 0||Deportivo Alaves|
|August 29, 2021||LaLiga 21/22||Atletico Madrid||2 - 2||Villarreal CF|
|September 22, 2021||EFL Cup 21/22||Manchester United||0 - 1||West Ham United|
|September 19, 2021||Premier League 21/22||West Ham United||1 - 2||Manchester United|
|September 14, 2021||UEFA Champions League 21/22||Young Boys Bern||2 - 1||Manchester United|
|September 11, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Manchester United||4 - 1||Newcastle United|
|August 29, 2021||Premier League 21/22||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0 - 1||Manchester United|
|Villarreal CF||Manchester United|
|Villarreal CF||Manchester United|
|2.4||Average Goals Scored||2.2|
|May 26, 2021||UEFA Europa League 20/21||Villarreal CF||1 - 1||Manchester United|
|November 25, 2008||Champions League 08/09||Villarreal CF||0 - 0||Manchester United|
|September 17, 2008||Champions League 08/09||Manchester United||0 - 0||Villarreal CF|
|November 22, 2005||Champions League 05/06||Manchester United||0 - 0||Villarreal CF|
|September 14, 2005||Champions League 05/06||Villarreal CF||0 - 0||Manchester United|
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Road to the final
El Submarino Amarillo have certainly had the easier path of the two in reaching the final. Arsenal in the semi-final stage was the first opponent they faced from Europe’s ‘big 5’ leagues this season; England, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.
Villarreal dominated an easy group containing Qarabağ of Azerbaijan, Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel and Sivasspor of Turkey. After which they met Austria’s Red Bull Salzburg in the Round of 32, Ukrainian’s Dynamo Kyiv in the last 16 and Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia in the Quarter Final.
United’s journey started in the UEFA Champions League, being eliminated from a tough group including Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Turkey’s İstanbul Başakşehir. The matches didn’t get much easier after dropping down into the Europa League, as they drew only sides from Spain and Italy.
Spain’s Real Sociedad were eliminated in the Round of 32, AC Milan in the last 16, Granada at the quarter-final stage before beating Roma in a 13-goal extravaganza in the semi-finals.
Villarreal vs Manchester United: Match preview
Unai Emery’s name has become synonymous with this competition. His Sevilla side won it 3 years in a row between 2014 to 2016; as many as any other team in the entire history of this competition dating back to its old UEFA Cup days.
The last of those victories was a come-from-behind victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in his first season at Anfield. However, a poor spell at Arsenal has resulted in many people underestimating Emery and Villarreal’s ability to come out on top here.
Pau Torres is one of the key players for this side. He is extremely comfortable on the ball and is crucial in carrying the ball out of defence in the buildup phase for Villarreal. At the other end of the pitch, Gerard Moreno has been grabbing the headlines with 29 goals in all competitions this season. Moreno and Paco Alcácer, his likely partner on Wednesday, both have 6 goals in this competition so far.
Historically, aside from United, Villarreal have a mixed record in past matches against English opposition. They have 5 wins, 5 defeats and 3 draws from 15 matches. Most recently, they eliminated Arsenal in the semi-finals to get here, winning 2-1 the Estadio de la Cerámica in Villarreal before drawing 0-0 in London.
United have often struggled against Spanish opponents in the past. Aside from Villarreal, their record reads 16 wins, 19 draws and 22 losses to Spanish opponents in competitive action. In each of the last 3 years, their European journey has been brought to an end by sides from España.
Their 2018/19 Champions League campaign was brought to an abrupt end at the first knockout stage, going out 2-1 on aggregate to Sevilla in the Round of 16. The following season, it was Barca who knocked them out of the Champions League 4-0 on aggregate at the Quarter Final stage.
Seville returned to haunt them in the semi-finals of this competition last year, beating them 1-2 in a one-off match. If this trend continues, fate is suggesting they will be losing finalists here to Villarreal. Who believes in fate though? In this game, you make your own destiny!
Villarreal team news vs Manchester United
Vicente Iborra is Villarreal’s only long-term injury coming into this match. The former Leicester man has been out since December after rupturing his cruciate ligament.
Samuel Chukwueze has missed Villarreal’s last 4 La Liga matches with a hamstring injury. The young winger was pictured back in training last week raising hopes that he will be available for the final.
Juan Foyth, who is on loan from Spurs this season, has also been out with a hamstring tear missing the last 5 league games. Foyth is also nearing a return to action and is expected to be in the squad to face United.
Gero Rulli has been Villarreal’s goalkeeper for this Europa League run. However, the temptation will be there for Unai Emery to switch to his La Liga #1 who is match sharp, Sergio Asenjo.
Manchester United team news vs Villarreal
All eyes will be on Harry Maguire’s availability for this final given how they have defended in their final few games of the league season without their captain. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed he is struggling to make it for the final.
“He’s walking on it now but still it’s a long way from walking to playing football”
– Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager
One player guaranteed to miss out is Phil Jones. He hasn’t played a minute of football this season and looks set to be moved on in the summer by the club.
Neither Fred nor McTominay played a minute of United’s final league game of the season due to knocks. Ole confirmed the pair should be fine for the final though.
Anthony Martial has been out with a knee injury since the beginning of March. He has been working really hard and there is a chance he could be on the bench. However, it is looking increasingly likely he won’t make it in time.
Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani were all left out of the squad for the trip to Wolverhampton at the weekend. The four have been crucial to United’s journey to the final and will start on Wednesday evening.
David de Gea has been United’s keeper in their quarter and semi-final matches. He is expected to start ahead of Dean Henderson here who has 7 of the last 9 league matches.
Predicted Villarreal line-up vs Manchester United
Predicted Manchester United line-up vs Villarreal
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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.