With both teams desperately trying to avoid relegation, Phil Kitromilides can see Los Rojiblancos' famous fighting spirit helping them claim three vital pointsA game of monumental significance at the bottom of the table sees Villarreal visit the city of Gijon knowing defeat could condemn them to relegation, something that was seem as laughably improbable at the start of the season.
Yet the Yellow Submarine have arguably been the biggest disappointment in La Liga this season. The humiliation of becoming the first Spanish side to lose every Champions League game they played, coupled with the loss of key players such as Giuseppe Rossi and Santi Cazorla, have contributed to a potentially disastrous fate: life in the second tier of Spanish football.
While the likes of Sporting and Zaragoza have been scrapping for their lives, Villarreal have barely mustered a whimper with just two wins in their last 13 games.
There has been no fight, no desire, and if they lose tonight there could be little hope. Sporting meantime have produced big results just when it seemed all was lost, and the stunning 3-0 weekend victory at Espanyol has put them within touching distance of safety.
A home victory tonight is priced at 6/4 (2.40) with 188Bet while Villarreal are available at 17/10 (2.70) to record the win that would surely guarantee their top flight status.
The Yellow Submarine's atrocious season can in large part be put down to their away record, with their two wins from 17 matches on the road an abysmal statistic. No team has scored fewer away goals than Villarreal in the league, with even relegated Racing managing more than the El Madrigal outfit's 10 away strikes. Sporting meantime have scored in each of their last 10 home games, and their passionate fans will no doubt create an intimidating atmosphere at El Molinon.
Given that the team from Gijon have only lost two of their last eight home matches and the character they have shown in recent weeks, coupled with Villarreal's insipid away form, a home win looks likely.
Sporting are a side famous for their fighting spirit and at EL Molinon against a fellow struggler they will fancy their chances and so should you.
The 6/4 (2.40) offered is big enough to invest in and looks like providing some decent returns.
For some slightly higher odds, you could try backing Sporting to win the first half at 2/1 (3.00) as Los Rojiblancos often make a quick start at home, scoring in the first half in seven of their last eight games.
|Sporting Gijon to win 6/4 (2.40) with 188Bet
Sporting Gijon to win first half 2/1 (3.00) with 188Bet
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid, you can also follow Phil on Twitter