Villarreal and Leganés face in La Cerámica in a clash that will measure the aspirations of the local team to reach the European competition positions in the face of the Leganés emergencies, in relegation positions.
Any negative result will move away from the objective to which it suffers, since in that case the Villarreal would stay at least five points from Europe, the same from the current distance of the Leganés to the permanence.
Although the team led by the Mexican Javier Aguirre arrives in a more committed situation, Villarreal does so after adding two consecutive defeats, which has taken him away from the wake of European positions and forces him at least to take forward the matches he disputes as local
For Villarreal, this match is a challenge, since Leganés is the third team that visits La Cerámica classified in the relegation zone and the two that did so previously, Celta and Espanyol, added the three points in Castellón.
The Blue and Whites, meanwhile, chained four days without knowing the victory, with two draws in Butarque and two defeats away from their fief, and little by little they try to recover at the exit of the two offensive pillars that were Youssef En-Nesyri and Martin Braithwaite.
In that sense, good news was the goal scored by Argentine Guido Carrillo the previous day against Alavés, which served to end a three-game run without seeing goal.
Possible alignment of Villarreal in his match against Leganés
To face this clash, Javier Calleja, a local coach, has the entire squad except Captain Bruno Soriano, long-term injured.
Therefore, no surprises are expected in the lineup, with Sergio Asenjo in the goal and a defense made up of Rubén Peña, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres and Alberto Moreno.
At the center of the field will be Vicente Iborra, Manu Trigueros, Santi Cazorla, Moi Gómez and Gerard Moreno, to play with Paco Alcácer as the only striker.
Possible alignment of Leganés in his match against Villarreal
Javier Aguirre, on the other hand, continues playing keys in search of an eleven that gives him some stability and with which his people feel more comfortable.
That is why variants can be given in the drawing and in the members thereof before an opponent who has never been imposed at home in the highest category of Spanish football, repeating the same 2-1 result in the last four official crosses played in Castellón lands.
In the face of this event, the locals arrive with the only casualty, of long duration, of the Argentine extreme Alexander Szymanowski. The remaining players will be available including Argentine defender Jonathan Silva after serving a penalty game.
Villarreal: Asenjo, Rubén Peña, Albiol, Pau Torres, Alberto Moreno, Iborra, Manu Trigueros, Cazorla, Moi Gómez, Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcácer
Leganés: Cuellar; Bustinza, Awaziem, Omeruo, Siovas, Jonathan Silva; Rubén Pérez, Kevin Rodrigues, Óscar Rodríguez; Carrillo and Guerrero.
Referee: Soto Grande (Riojan school)
Timetable and where to watch the game
Stadium: The Ceramics
Television: Movistar and MiTele.