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Luciano Vietto to spearhead Villarreal’s fightback at Sevilla

| 19.03.2015

Villarreal, 23/10 with Coral to triumph over 90 minutes, must navigate their way through a tricky Europa League last-16 reverse at Sevilla, after losing 3-1 on home turf last time out.

The Yellow Submarine have a tough task ahead and will need to sink at least three goals past the Bathtubs to avoid an early exit.

This may sound unlikely, but Marcelino García Toral’s men have already taken points from Spanish capital clubs Atletico and Real Madrid this term, and are 11/2 to score three or more.

Villarreal, who have found the net in all of their continental clashes this campaign, racking up an impressive 21 strikes, have being playing some truly vibrant football.

Key to the Yellow Submarine’s status as surprise package in La Liga is adaptable Argentine hitman Luciano Vietto, so the Bathtubs will underestimate their plucky guests at their peril. The tremendously talented 21-year-old has notched up 20 goals in 40 appearances this season, and grabbed a crucial consolation in the first-leg.

At 6/1 to strike first, or a terrific 2/1 in the anytime market, any Villarreal fightback will surely start with sought-after Vietto.

The Yellow Submarine will need all the firepower at their disposal, so former Barcelona and Tottenham attacker Giovanni dos Santos (13/5) could also be called upon, while Spanish sharpshooter Gerard Moreno is 7/1 to have the final say.

Hosts Sevilla should surely beware of a backlash from their guests, who have little to lose, but can be confident in their recent record against the Castellon club.

Unai Emery’s Europa League holders have been beaten by Villarreal just once in their last nine clashes across all competitions, and have already slain them on two occasions this term.

With this psychological edge in place, Sevilla are 11/10 favourites to take the spoils from this intriguing second-leg duel.

Unbeaten in their last five outings, the Bathtubs have also bagged 10 goals in their last three, and are firing on all cylinders.

Top scorer Carlos Bacca was on the bench in the first leg, but bagged a brilliant brace last time out, and is 9/2 to net last, or 6/1 to put Villarreal to the sword and score two or more.

The potent poacher will be backed up by fellow marksman Vitolo, who fired home the fastest goal in Europa League history against the Yellow Submarine, and is 7/1 to draw first blood again.

Expect a thrilling affair, as these two teams also continue to scrap for a top four spot in La Liga, and will face each other domestically again just three days after this fixture. So, back a tenacious tussle with goals galore at excellent odds of 10/1 for both teams to be on target in both halves.



Holly Thackeray

Holly is a member of the content team, and can often be found on the sports desk writing about favourite topics Serie A and East Asian footballing nations. A recent darts convert, she is also a fully-fledged member of Barney's Army and a proud Leeds-born Manchester United fan.