Could this be Julen Lopetegui’s final game in charge of Sevilla?
Last weekend, some of the pressure was lifted off his shoulders as los Nervionenses won for the first time this season.
In a completely chaotic match, José Ángel Carmona’s brace helped Sevilla lead 3-0 at Espanyol by half time, only to then be clinging onto a 3-2 victory come the end.
Nevertheless, with only four points after five games, los Hispalenses start the weekend down in 16th.
Meanwhile, their Champions League form isn’t much better.
On Wednesday, Sevilla played out an uneventful goalless draw in Copenhagen, leaving them joint-bottom of that group.
So, another defeat here could ensure this is Lopetegui’s 168th and final game in charge.
No such concerns for Villarreal who start to weekend fifth in the table.
Although, Unai Emery’s team were beaten for the first time this season last weekend, going down 1-0 at Real Betis.
Nevertheless, el Submarino Amarillo did generally play well in that game, but were just undone in both boxes.
Then, on Thursday evening, Villarreal made it two wins out of two in the Europa Conference League.
José Luis Morales and then Álex Baena the scorers as they beat Hapoel Be’er Sheva 2-1 in rural, southern Israel.
So, despite the fact this match is taking place at their temporary home, Villarreal are big favourites to prevail Estadi Ciutat de València.