VILLARREAL NEWS

Athletic Bilbao suffered their third straight defeat on Sunday, but there weren’t such problems for Girona and Villarreal.
Villarreal took full command of their Europa League group with an accomplished two-goal victory away at Slavia Prague.
Levante have reached an agreement to sign Villarreal striker Enes Unal on loan until the end of the season, the club have confirmed.
Atletico Madrid laboured to another draw but Sevilla bounced back against Leganes in Saturday’s La Liga action for Week 10.
An out-of-sorts Atletico Madrid face a resurgent Villarreal on Saturday, needing not only a win but also goals.
Atletico Madrid could only manage a draw away to third tier side Elche as Spain’s top flight clubs struggled in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey ties.
Leganes heaped the pressure on Athletic Bilbao boss Jose Angel Ziganda in Sunday’s Week 9 action, while Atletico Madrid stole victory at Celta Vigo.
Villarreal can make it three straight wins under Javi Calleja with victory over Pako Ayestaran’s leaky Las Palmas in Sunday’s early kick-off.
Two goals in the space of four minutes just before the break was enough for Villarreal to fightback and earn a draw at home to Slavia Prague.
Denis Cheyshev insists he is now ready to fight for a first-team spot with Villarreal after his recent spell on the sidelines.
Villarreal will be looking to make it back-to-back victories on Sunday when they face Girona, who are without a win in five.
A hat-trick from Cedric Bakambu ensured new Villarreal boss Javier Calleja got off to a winning start in La Liga at home to Eibar.
New Villarreal Coach Javier Calleja was left frustrated in his opening match as his side were held by Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Villarreal have appointed B team Coach Javi Calleja as the first team’s new manager to replace the dismissed Fran Escriba.
Former Malaga Coach Javi Gracia and current Villarreal B boss Javi Calleja are among the favourites to replace Fran Escriba at Villarreal.
Villarreal have sacked Coach Fran Escriba following a poor start to the season, with a new appointment set ‘in the coming hours’.
Espanyol, Getafe and Celta Vigo all ran riot in Sunday’s La Liga Week 6 action, while Valencia edged out Real Sociedad in a top-of-the-table thriller.
Fran Escriba returns to Getafe on Sunday for the first time since his sacking last year as Villarreal can make it back-to-back wins on their travels.
Valencia and Villarreal are both under investigation over allegedly breaking FIFA rules regarding the transfers of underage players.
Villarreal and Espanyol played out a goalless stalemate at Estadio de la Ceramica in a game dominated by two goalkeepers.
Villarreal have offered Mexican club Tigres a friendly match to help raise funds for the victims of the recent earthquake in Mexico.
Barcelona have the highest wage budget in Spanish football for the current campaign, surpassing Real Madrid at the top of the list.
Six Spanish-based players have been shortlisted for the 2017 Golden Boy award – handed to Europe’s most impressive footballer under the age of 21.
Cedric Bakambu may be calling for “the new BBC” after his brace against Alaves on Sunday, but Villarreal could be facing a goalkeeping crisis.
Munir El Haddadi and Bojan Krkic make their full debuts for winless Alaves against Villarreal on Sunday, while Alfonso Pedraza faces his parent club.
Two goals in the space of three minutes late on ensured Villarreal’s Europa League campaign got off to a winning start against Kazakhstani outfit Astana.
Villarreal Coach Fran Escriba has accepted his team must improve and criticism following two successive defeats was valid.
Villarreal and Celta Vigo got their first wins of the season in La Liga Week 3, while Girona were brought back down to earth.
The pressure is on for Villarreal when they host Real Betis on Saturday after starting the season with back-to-back defeats.
Villarreal midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has completed a season-long loan move to English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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