The Yellow Submarine have drawn their last two in La Liga but remain third in the table, while Elche occupy 10th position, having also impressed during the 2020-21 campaign.
Villarreal continued their excellent Europa League form with a 1-0 win away to Sivasspor on Thursday night, meaning that Unai Emery's side will be present in the knockout round of the European competition, having picked up an impressive 13 points from their five Group I fixtures.
The Yellow Submarine are currently on a 13-game unbeaten run in all competitions, while they sit third in Spain's top flight, winning five, drawing five and losing just one of their 11 matches to collect 20 points.
Emery's team started the month of November with back-to-back La Liga victories over Real Valladolid and Getafe before picking up welcome points at home to Real Madrid and away to leaders Real Sociedad.
Villarreal will now be looking to return to winning ways in the league, and it does appear that it could be a very successful campaign for the club, who last finished fourth in Spain's top flight in 2015-16.
El Submarino Amarillo have winnable fixtures against Elche, Real Betis and Osasuna in their next three before ending December with potentially tricky games against Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.
Elche, meanwhile, will also be pleased with their start to the season, having picked up 13 points from their nine matches to occupy 10th position, just four points off fourth-placed Real Madrid with a game in hand.
Los Franjiverdes, who advanced through the Segunda Division playoffs last term to secure a return to this level, have only lost twice in Spain's top flight this season, which is a superior record to both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Jorge Almiron's side have actually played out 1-1 draws in each of their last three league matches with Celta Vigo, Levante and Cadiz, while they started the month with a loss at Betis.
As a result, the promoted side have not been victorious since overcoming Valencia on October 23, but there is no question that they are capable of making Sunday's clash a very difficult contest for their high-flying opponents.
Villarreal La Liga form: WDWWDD
Villarreal form (all competitions): WWDDDW
Elche La Liga form: WWLDDD
Villarreal possible starting lineup:
Asenjo; Gaspar, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Trigueros, Iborra, Parejo; Pedraza, Moreno, Chukwueze
Elche possible starting lineup:
Badia; Barragan, Gonzalez, Verdu, Josema; Marcone, Guti; Josan, Morente, Fidel; Milla
We say: Villarreal 1-0 Elche
This is a huge test for Villarreal as Elche's results and performances this season deserve a lot of respect. It would not be a surprise to see the two teams share the spoils, but Villarreal will be determined to return to winning ways in the league, and we fancy the hosts to edge a tight game on Sunday.