Free Soccer Picks & Tips for Espanyol vs. Villarreal

Steven Suarez

Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:31 PM GMT

Villarreal will be aiming to avoid a third consecutive league defeat when they tangle with Espanyol at home. Who are the soccer odds favoring in this La Liga clash?

Odds Overview

Looking over the most popular sportsbooks, we see the soccer betting odds are incredibly tight for Monday's affair.

An Espanyol win is available at +150, with Villarreal opening up at +200 and a draw at +225. All the way up to kickoff, you can track all of the live line movement at SBRodds.com.

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Espanyol

The Parakeets have to be quite high on confidence after scoring one of their biggest wins of the season over the weekend.

Athletic Bilbao hadn't lost at home in the league all season long, but Espanyol came in and ruined the party with an impressive 2-1 win.

Sergio Garcia got the visitors off to a dream start with a goal in the sixth minute, but the home team responded early in the second half. The Parakeets kept their cool though and were rewarded with a winner from Diego Colotto in the 65th minute.

There's no doubt momentum is on Espanyol's side, but it's never an easy prospect to face a talented team that's itching to get back on the winning side. The Parakeets have to bring a good intensity to their play if they want to avoid getting beaten at home.

It's been a mixed bag of results for Javier Aguirre's side when playing at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat. They've won six times and drawn twice, but they've also been prone to letdowns with four defeats on their own ground.

Villarreal

It seems the 4-2 loss to Real Madrid has an extremely negative effect on Villarreal's confidence level, as they went and lost 2-0 at home to Celta Vigo a week later. Yikes.

As you'd expect from The Yellow Submarine at home, they generated far more scoring chances, but they simply couldn't find the back of the net against the soccer betting underdogs. It was one of the worst results of the season for the top four hopefuls.

Fortunately, Athletic Bilbao also lost over the weekend, meaning Villarreal are still just four points out of the top four. That being said, Real Sociedad picked up three points and are now even on points with The Yellow Submarine.

How has Marcelino Garcia Toral's outfit done away from home this season? Can they get back on track after two straight losses?

Perhaps. There's been a lot of good and a lot of bad, with five wins against five defeats outside of El Madrigal. They've been sound defensively (only 14 goals allowed in 11 matches), but they'll really need the likes of Giovanni Dos Santos and Jeremy Perbet to pose the threat going forward.

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La Liga Pick

Though recent results haven't been in their favor, we're still keeping faith with Villarreal and picking them to earn at least a point on Monday.

Espanyol has been solid at home, but Villarreal is a wounded animal right now that really needs a confidence booster. The hosts desperately need a positive outcome to turn things around and we reckon this is the match where that will happen.

After getting embarrassed by Celta Vigo at home their last time in action, we look for The Yellow Submarine to come out and fare much better this time around, especially since they've already beaten Espanyol earlier this season. Let's back a hard-fought draw with our soccer picks.

Soccer Pick: Espanyol 1 Villarreal 1