Villarreal: Barbosa; Mario, Alvaro, Víctor Ruíz, Jaume Costa; Samu Castillejo, Trigueros (Pablo Fornals 81’), Rodri, Cheryshev (Roberto Soriano 67’); Bakambu, Bacca (Enes Ünal 67‘). 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Pau López; Víctor Sánchez, David López, Mario Hermoso, Aarón Martín; Sergi Darder, Javi Fuego; Leo Baptistao (Sergio García 68’), Jurado, Piatti (Melendo 60’); Gerard Moreno. 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Bacca 32’, Bakambu 41’, Trigueros 72’, Alvaro 75’, Víctor Sánchez 77’, Pablo Fornals 86’, Javi Fuego 86’.
Villarreal stay two points below the European spots after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Espanyol on Thursday. Despite the result, keepers Barbosa and Pau López had several saves to make, the former in particular from Hermoso and Gerard Moreno either side of half time, .and the latter a couple of times each from Bakambu and Samu Castillejo.