Finally, the last game of Group L takes place between Villarreal and Steaua Bucharest. The two teams were touted as favorites to qualify before the start of the group stage, and now sit 3rd and 4th and are certain of only one thing: there is absolutely no way they can qualify together.
Villarreal vs Steaua Bucharest – 08/12/2016
FT Result: Villarreal 1.36 or 4/11 Draw 5.25 or 17/4 Steaua 10.00 or 9/1
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 1.75 or 3/4 Under 2.05 or 21/20
Both Teams To Score: Yes 2.10 or 11/10 No 1.66 or 4/6
The calculations here are rather simple. Each team’s victory ensures its qualification and sends the other one home. A draw is a definite end to Steaua’s chances, but Villarreal can qualify if Zurich fails to win in Turkey.
That being said, the Spanish team is still viewed as favorite to progress here – not only because most scenarios favor them, but also because they play their decisive game at home.
Sadly for them, their home form is currently dipping – after a great start of the season, they’ve now lost twice in their last 3 home games – and once against Alaves, a much weaker opposition.
Their main issue is their attack, which really doesn’t seem able to score more than once in any game.
Thankfully for them, Steaua is also just a reminder of the team which eliminated Ajax and won against Chelsea just a few years ago in European Cups.
They also have issues scoring and also concede a fair amount of goals. Although a 1-0 scoreline would be more than enough for the Romanians, it’s hard to believe they won’t concede against a team like Villarreal.
Villarreal vs Steaua Betting Tips
The most obvious thing we’d look for in this game is an under 2,5 goal bet since both teams have great trouble scoring.
1-0, 1-1 and 0-1 are the only scorelines we’re really considering here, and a bet on each could bring a profit – if we don’t see something very unexpected.
Last but not least, Steaua +1,5 goals is a good idea since the odds are good – we don’t expect them to lose this game heavily, even if they do lose.
Asian Handicap – Steaua +1.5 @ 1.83 or 5/6
Total Goals – Under 2.5 @ 2.00 or 1/1