Europa League : Villareal v Bruges Preview & Team News
Dont bet on Bruges who are not great travellers in Europe and have won only two of their last ten away Europa League games .
Whilst their domestic form has been better Bruges have lost four games from nine and are already 12 points behind the Belgian league leaders .
Goalkeeper Stijin Stijnen and defender Jorn Vermeulen have not travelled for the game and fans will be concerned that Bruges have never won in Spain .
Villareal have been in great form in La Liga this season after losing their opening game . The Spaniards have rattled up four successive victories to climb up to second place in the Primera Division standings, one point behind neighbours Valencia. Villareal lost their opening Europa League group match at Dynamo Zagreb but they rested a number of key players for that game including Antonio Lopez and Borja Valero .
Manager Juan Carlos Garridois concious that his side can go along way in this competition and said ” Winning this game would open up the path for us to qualify for the next round. We are aware of what we’re playing for and the team knows the importance of the match.”
Online bookmaker Bwin are offering standout odds of 40/1 for Villareal to win the Europa League and the Yellow Submarines are strong favourites to take the points tonight .
William Hill offer best price of 4/11 about Villareal and this is probably an accurate reflection of their chance .
The Spaniards have no new injury problems but will be without suspended midfielder Marcos Senna following his sending off against Dinamo.
Live on ITV4 , kick off 8.05pm Thursday .