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Barcelona vs Villarreal Prediction & Betting Tips

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      • (60') İ. Gündoğan
      • (68') Pedri
      • (71') E. Bailly (OG)
      Football
      • (41') Gerard Moreno
      • (54') Ilias Akhomach
      • (84') Gonçalo Guedes
      • (99') A. Sørloth
      • (102') José Luis Morales
      • (33') Oriol Romeu
      • (68') R. Lewandowski
      • (89') R. Araujo
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      • (16') Álex Baena
      • (68') E. Bailly
      • (89') Y. Mosquera
      • (94') Jorge Cuenca

          Barcelona vs Villarreal Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

          Barcelona host Villarreal this Saturday at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in a big weekend in La Liga. The hosts look to close in on Real Madrid, whereas Villarreal need the points to build a bigger gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

          These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

          The top of the table is tight in La Liga, with Barcelona needing to string more wins together to get themselves in the fight for the title. Villarreal find themselves in the bottom half of the table needing a win to get away from the drop zone.

          Barcelona currently sit third in La Liga after 20 games. The Blaugrana have 13 wins, five draws and two losses, leaving them on 44 points, seven points behind Real Madrid and eight points behind top-of-the-league Girona.

          In 20 games this season, Barcelona have managed the third most goals in the league, with 40 goals also giving them an average of two goals a game. However, unlike those above them, their top scorer Robert Lewandowski has yet to break into the double digits this season. The defensive side of the game has let Barcelona down, having conceded 24 goals this season already, an average of 1.20 goals a game, ranking their defence eighth in the league.

          Villarreal, on the other hand, currently sit 14th in La Liga. In 21 games, Villarreal have five wins, five draws and 11 losses which leaves them on 20 points, just five points above the relegation zone.

          In terms of attack, Villarreal have over-performed for their place in the league table. In those 21 games, Villarreal have scored 28 goals, giving them an average of 1.33 goals a game. However, their defence is ranked second worst in the league, having conceded 42 goals and keeping just two clean sheets.

          Barcelona and Villarreal have met 43 times so far in their histories. One side dominates this fixture, with Barcelona having 28 wins in comparison to Villarreal’s six wins, with the other nine games ending in a share of the points.

          This fixture is also a high-scoring one. In the 43 games between the two sides, there have been 141 goals, with Barcelona scoring 94 of them and Villarreal only managing 47 of them.

          Team News

          Barcelona Team News

          Xavi has Gavi, Marcos Alonso, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Inigo Martinez and Raphinha all unavailable this weekend due to injury. However, Joao Cancelo and Andreas Christensen could return this weekend.

          Villarreal Team News

          Marcelino Garcia Toral has Ramon Terrats, Alfonso Pedraza and Dani Parejo all unavailable this weekend and is still dealing with the long-term injury to Yeremy Pino, who is out after cruciate ligament surgery. Pepe Reina will also be suspended following a red card.

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          In their last five games in all competitions, Barcelona have four wins and one loss.

          In the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey, Barcelona took on fourth-tier Barbastro. Fermin Lopez gave Barcelona the lead at halftime and Raphinha doubled the lead early in the second half. Adria de Mesa Garrido got Barbastro on the scoresheet but a penalty from Lewandowski regained the two-goal cushion for Barcelona. Marc Prat Serrano converted his penalty late on but Barcelona held on for a 3 - 2 win.

          Next time out for Barcelona was in the Semi-final of the Supercopa de Espana against Osasuna. Lewandowski opened the scoring early in the second half and Lamine Yamal grabbed a goal in the 93rd minute for a 2 - 0 win and a spot in the Final.

          The Final was against fierce rivals Real Madrid. A first-half hat-trick from Vinicius Junior gave Real Madrid the 3 - 1 lead at halftime, with Lewandowski getting Barcelona on the scoresheet. Rodrygo grabbed a goal in the second half to give Real Madrid the 4 - 1 lead and after Ronald Araujo’s red card, Barcelona couldn’t find another goal and had to swallow the 4 - 1 loss.

          Barcelona bounced back in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey where they took on third-tier Unionistas. Alvaro Gomez gave Unionistas the lead but goals from Ferran Torres, Jules Kounde and Alejandro Balde gave Barcelona the 3 - 1 win.

          Back in La Liga, Barcelona took on Real Betis. A brace from Torres gave Barcelona the 2 - 0 lead in the early stages of the second half. However, a three-minute brace from Isco drew Betis level. A late goal to complete Torres’ hat-trick and a goal from Joao Felix gave Barcelona the 4 - 2 win.

          Barcelona take on Athletic Club in the Quarter-final of the Copa del Rey this Wednesday.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Villarreal have one win, one draw and three losses.

          The one win came against Celta Vigo in December. Goals from Pedraza and Aissa Mandi and a penalty from Parejo gave Villarreal the 3 - 0 lead going into the early stages of the second half. Anastasios Douvikas and Jorgen Strand Larsen both scored to bring Celta Vigo into the game, but it wasn’t enough as Villarreal held on for the 3 - 2 win.

          Roman Yaremchuk opened the scoring for Valencia in the fourth minute and Pepelu’s first penalty of the game gave Valencia the 2 - 0 lead at halftime. The second penalty came early in the second half, and despite Gerard Moreno grabbing a goal, Valencia secured the 3 - 1 win.

          In the Round of 32 of the Copa del Rey, Villarreal took on Unionistas. Ilias Akhomach opened the scoring for Villarreal in the 82nd minute but a penalty from Alfred Planas just five minutes later sent the tie to penalties. Alberto Moreno and Kiko Femenia both missed for Villarreal as Unionistas grabbed a 7 - 6 win.

          Back in La Liga, Villarreal faced Las Palmas. A brace from Kirian Rodriguez and a goal from Juanma Herzog gave Las Palmas the 3 - 0 win, despite Villarreal’s 17 shots.

          The most recent outing for Villarreal was against Mallorca. Alexander Sorloth scored in the added time of the first half to give Villarreal the 1 - 0 lead at halftime. Following the red card to Reina and a 91st-minute equaliser from Javier Llabres, Villarreal had to settle for a 1 - 1 draw.

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          Where to watch

          Barcelona vs Villarreal will be broadcasted via Viaplay.

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