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Betting Tips for Today: Little to separate Eibar and Villarreal in Sunday's early kick-off

17:34 EAT 04/01/2019
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A mouth-watering slate of La Liga games kicks off at Estadio Municipal de Ipurua and a stalemate between two struggling teams looks overpriced at 5/2

Villarreal got the La Liga campaign back underway as they held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw on Thursday evening.

That match was initially postponed due to Los Blancos' Club World Cup commitments and brings the Spanish top flight back to parity with every team having played 17 matches this term.

A point against the European champions will have been a fillip for a club hovering just above the relegation places, but Luis Garcia's side face a quick turnaround with Sunday's trip to Eibar.

The hosts sit in 13th spot coming into the weekend and are 888Sport's 27/25 (2.08) favourites to win their fifth home win of the season.

Villarreal are available at 5/2 (3.50) but it's the same price on the draw with 888Sport that makes the most appeal in this contest.

The visitors have been a Jekyll and Hyde team thus far. They've drawn three of their four matches against the teams in the Champions League spots but also shared the spoils on trips to Rayo Vallecano and Huesca, who currently prop up the table.

Four of the Yellow Submarine's last eight league games have ended all square and with little time to prepare for this game they're unlikely to be at their very best.

Eibar have struggled to find that winning feeling of late too, drawing each of their last three La Liga outings including a 4-4 clash with Levante at this venue in early December.

With little to choose between the pair, not least because Villarreal were involved in a high intensity clash at the Bernabeu just days ago, another draw looks the best bet at 5/2 (3.50) with 888Sport.

Another trend to consider here is the possibility of the game coming to life after the break.

Eibar have netted 71.4 per cent of their La Liga goals in the second half of matches so far while the same is true for 73.7% of Villarreal’s strikes this season. Both teams to score after the interval is a 43/20 (3.15) for Sunday's clash.

Draw at 5/2 (3.50) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport