Osasuna 0-3 Villarreal – Betting Review

Betting Analysis

Looking at the 1×2 market first. Villarreal @ 2.55 was a favourite and won well for their backers, scoring quite early and then adding two late but undeserved goals.

Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Villarreal -0 @ 1.78 backers would have felt extremely comfortable and happy once they were ahead, knowing at least they never looked in danger of losing from then.

Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line was set at 2.25 and thanks to two late goals, the Over won @ 2.01.

Match Summary

This was something of a vintage-style Villarreal win on the road.

They did very little but defend for long periods, but when spaces were found or mistakes made by Osasuna, they took advantage to secure an impressive victory.

Osasuna had more of the game and showed much more ambition while the score was level. However, Villarreal took an early lead out of nothing and to give them credit, they managed the game well thereafter.

Osasuna were down and out after the second goal and then felt embarrassed when the third went in.

As the xG map reinforces below, 0-3 is a hugely misleading result. One must recognise the more technically gifted side won however, courtesy of mixing their technical edge with some brave defending. Fair score 1-2.

It had been an agonising midweek for Villarreal who saw dreams of European silverware disappear. They came out showing good fighting spirit and bravery in Pamplona however, something which served them well through the early pressure.

Villarreal should have trailed within 10 minutes but Lucas Torró wasted a clear chance

The visitor woke up and Samuel Chukwueze’s slightly fortunate-looking finish gave them a vital lead.

Osasuna were shocked to fall behind but reacted badly, which allowed the Yellow Submarine to manage the remainder of the half well while staying solid and sitting deep.

The host came out strongly in the second period and a leveller seemed probable.  Pepe Reina however stood big with a fantastic save to stop Abde’s effort at the near post.

Darko Brašanac came within inches of finding the goal they merited, but his effort came back off the bar.

Totally against the run of play, Villarreal dramatically added a second on 85 minutes, a goal which killed the home side.

Pouncing on a bad mistake in possession, José Luis Morales lobbed Fernández from nearly 50 yards to make it 0-2.

The same player grabbed another on a break for 0-3.

The only bad news for Villarreal was Gerard Moreno’s first-half injury, which could see him miss a chunk of the remaining part of the season.