Hajduk Split vs Villarreal: prediction for UEFA Europa Conference League playoffs
Hajduk Split are set to host Villarreal at the Stadion Poljud in the second leg of the UEFA Europa Conference League playoff on Thursday, August 25. Our experts made predictions for this game, which you can find below.
Hajduk had a good start to their Conference League campaign and knocked Vitória de Guimarães out of the competition (3:2 on aggregate). However, their next opponent was Villarreal. Valdas Dambrauskas' men put up a fight in the first-leg game and lost with the score of 2:4. The Croatian club will hope to create more problems for the Spanish side at the Stadion Poljud.
Villarreal reached the Champions League semifinals last season, where they lost to Liverpool. The club didn't have enough firepower for a successful performance in the domestic league and ended up in 7th place. Unai Emeri's team kicked off the new season with confident victories over Valladolil (3:0) and Atletico Madrid (2:0); currently, the Yellow Submarine leads the La Liga standings.
This score was recorded in 2 of the last 4 home games of Hajduk.
This bet played in the last 3 games of Hajduk.
In each of the last 5 games away, Villarreal scored in the second half.
Villarreal have more experience in the European competition and superior quality, but the Croatian side played very well in the first leg and scored two goals. We believe, that Hajduk will be able to put up a fight at their home arena and will once again go forward and create chances. The Yelow Submarine might not keep a clean sheet, but they will definitely convert their scoring chances.
Our prediction – both to score
Villarreal will be happy with a draw tonight - they already have a two-goal lead and, unless curcumstances force them, they won't push too hard. On the weekend, Villarreal play Getafe, and they will try to save energy for that game. The hosts should be able to maintain the handicap of one goal.
Second bet - Asian handicap (+1) to Hajduk