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Europa League | Group Stage
Dec 6, 2023 at 8pm UK
Estadio de la Ceramica
0 - 0
Maccabi Haifa

Capoue (36'), Foyth (45+1'), Pedraza (62')

Refaelov (79'), Naor (90+2')

Preview: Villarreal vs. Maccabi Haifa - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Europa League clash between Villarreal and Maccabi Haifa, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

On Wednesday, Villarreal will welcome Maccabi Haifa to Estadio de la Ceramica for a rescheduled Europa League fixture.

While the Spanish side have already qualified for the knockout rounds, their success has ensured that Maccabi Haifa can no longer finish in the top two of Group F.

Match preview

Villarreal's Gerard Moreno celebrates scoring their first goal with Alexander Sorloth on November 12, 2023© Reuters

After recently being named Pacheta's successor, Marcelino has experienced an encouraging start to his second spell as Villarreal boss, winning three and drawing one of his opening four games.

Marcelino oversaw an extra-time Copa del Rey victory over Zamora, before his side claimed back-to-back home wins over Osasuna and Panathinaikos in the league and Europa League respectively.

The Villarreal head coach then saw his team play out an away draw against his former club Sevilla after Jose Luis Morales scored his seventh goal in four matches to cancel out Kike Salas's opener, and although Ben Brereton Diaz thought he had netted a late winner for the Yellow Submarine, his stoppage-time time effort was ultimately ruled out following a VAR review.

They will now turn their focus back to Europa League action, and the 2021-22 winners have already guaranteed their spot in the knockout rounds, having won three of their four group matches (L1).

Although have secured a top-two position, Villarreal will still be looking to claim top spot and an automatic place in the last 16, but to achieve that feat, they need to close the three-point gap to group leaders Rennes, who have played one game more than the Yellow Submarine.

Maccabi Haifa coach Messay Dego reacts on November 9, 2023© Reuters

In contrast to their hosts, Maccabi Haifa cannot qualify for the Europa League knockout rounds after failing to win any of their four group matches to leave them bottom of the group with just one point to their name.

After losing to Rennes and drawing with Panathinaikos, the Israeli champions could not take anything from their designated home games against Villarreal and the group leaders, with both matches taking place at neutral venues due to the conflict in their home country.

They fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat to the Yellow Submarine earlier this month, before they were beaten 3-0 in last week's meeting with Rennes.

Although their top-two hopes have been quashed, all is not lost for Maccabi Haifa because they still have the chance to secure third spot and a place in the Europa Conference League playoff round.

Should they win on Wednesday, Messay Dego's side will move level on points with third-placed Panathinaikos, and such a result would set up a winner-takes-all clash against the Greek outfit on matchday six.

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Team News

Maccabi Haifa's Show receives medical attention on November 30, 2023© Reuters

Villarreal will be without Aissa Mandi, Denis Suarez and Yeremy Pino due to injury, while Dani Parejo and Alberto Moreno are doubts after being forced off in Sunday's draw with Sevilla.

Forward Alexander Sorloth is closing in on a return to full fitness, but it remains to be seen whether he will be ready to play a role in Wednesday's encounter.

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, Marcelino could make several changes, with Matteo Gabbia, Etienne Capoue, Manu Trigueros, Ilias Akhomach and Brereton Diaz all in contention to start.

As for the visitors, they are unable to call upon defender Shon Goldberg, who has missed the last two matches through injury.

Midfielder Show is also set to miss out after he was forced off in the first half of Maccabi Haifa's defeat to Rennes last week.

Frantzdy Pierrot has scored eight goals in 16 competitive appearances this season, and he will be looking to add to that tally when he features up front on Wednesday.

Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Reina; Foyth, Gabbia, Cuenca, Pedraza; Akhomach, Comesana, Capoue, Trigueros; Baena, Brereton Diaz

Maccabi Haifa possible starting lineup:
Kaiuf; Sundgren, Seck, Simic, Cornud; Mohamed, Jaber; Khalaili, Chery, Hajaj; Pierrot

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We say: Villarreal 3-1 Maccabi Haifa

Marcelino has enjoyed a positive run of results since returning to the Villarreal dugout, and we think that he will extend his unbeaten start with a relatively comfortable victory in their midweek Europa League outing.

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