Villarreal vs Twente

April 6, 2011
By: John Hansen

Villarreal still dream about a European title and they have come one step closer to realizing that goal by eliminating very good Bayer Leverkusen side, although Twente are also a side that can cause them all sorts of problems. The Tukkers eliminated Zenit to reach this stage and they don’t want to stop there.

Villarreal have high ambitions

Having seen how much glory a European success can bring after making it to the Champions League semi-finals some five years back, Villarreal are determined to try and win a major European title this term and they seem to be on the right track at the moment. The Yellow Submarine have proved their title credentials by eliminating Serie A and Bundesliga high-flyers, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen, and they are now very motivated to get rid of Twente as well. The players are unlikely to be too downhearted by the weekend’s defeat to Barcelona, but would rather give their best to create an advantage before the return leg in Holland. With players like Rossi, Nilmar and Cazorla up front, the hosts should be able to continue the good scoring record, although they could experience some problems at the back against free-scoring Twente side.

The hosts are still without Marcos Senna, Xavi Oliva and Angel Lopez, but Nilmar and Capdevilla should return to the side after being rested against Barcelona.

Twente still going strong

Just like Villarreal, Twente have also raised their profile a great deal over the last few years, with the team showing a lot of promise in their maiden Champions League campaign. The Tukkers couldn’t qualify from the very difficult group that also contained Inter, Tottenham and Werder, but they managed to continue their European campaign in Europa League, and are doing great in that competition. Michel Preud’homme’s side eliminated Russian powerhouses Rubin and Zenit to reach the quarter-finals, and they now have a good chance to make it to the semis. The Tukkers are flying high at the moment, having just climbed to the first place in Eredivisie standings following the 2:0 victory over PSV and they will certainly be looking to score at El Madrigal as well. That shouldn’t be too big a task with players like Janssen, Chadli, De Jong and Ruiz in the side.

Marc Janko will be in contention after recovering from a shoulder injury, while Bryan Ruiz has returned into action following the lengthy spell on the sidelines.


The fans at El Madrigal should witness a very entertaining game between two attack-minded sides and with both sides going for a win, our advice is to back both teams to score. Villarreal and Twente heavily rely on their attacking players in every game and we could easily see goals galore at El Madrigal.

Our prediction: Both teams to score

Odds: 1.91 (10/11)

Bookmaker: William Hill

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