An eagerly-awaited match involving Las Palmas and Villarreal will begin Saturday’s schedule as part of La Liga round 20.
Surprisingly, Villarreal was defeated on penalties by third-tier team Unionistas de Salamanca on Monday night after a 1-1 tie during the Copa del Rey last-32 round. Towards the end of the previous year, the Yellow Submarine secured their place in the Europa League’s last-16 round, therefore there is still a potential for cup victory in the 2023–24 season. With 5 wins, 4 draws, and 10 losses from 19 games, Villarreal has struggled to be consistent in the Spanish league this year. With 19 points, they are now ranked 13th in the standings. Marcelino’s team is currently 13 points below Real Sociedad in 6th place and roughly 19 points below Athletic Bilbao in 4th, meaning that winning the Europa League this campaign will probably be their only chance to compete in Europe in the 2024–2025 season.
As the 2022–2023 Segunda Division runners-up, Las Palmas prioritizes regaining their place in the top flight above all else this season. The club is performing above expectations, with a record of 7 wins, 4 draws, and 8 losses from their 19 games, placing them in 10th place in the standings with 25 points. Therefore, any position above 18th would be regarded as an acceptable result. Although they are only 3 points below Real Betis in 7th place and 10 points above the drop zone, they will be coming off a string of 3 losses across all competitions going into this game. In fact, Garcia Pimienta’s team has lost to Tenerife 2-0 during the Copa del Rey on Sunday and has suffered defeats to Athletic Bilbao and Las Palmas in their previous 2 league games played before the winter break. Daley Sinkgraven, a midfielder, is out due to suspension. Veteran defender Raul Albiol is joining teammates such as Juan Foyth, Yeremi Pino, and Deniz Suarez in Villarreal’s rehabilitation unit. Aissa Mandi, a defender, is currently on international duty.
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Las Palmas vs Villarreal Game Information
- Date: 01/13/2024
- Time: 08:00 AM ET
- Location: Estadio Municipal José Zorrilla, Valladolid.
- How to Watch Las Palmas vs Villarreal: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv