Villarreal vs Barcelona
Liga BBVA 2016/17
8th January, 19:45 pm BST
El Madrigal, Villarreal
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Barcelona Team News & Preview
Barcelona travel to El Madrigal for their La Liga clash against Villarreal this weekend.
Luis Enrique’s men are three points behind league leaders Real Madrid, having played one more game. The away side cannot afford to drop points here if they want to keep the pressure on Los Blancos.
Barcelona have won their last two matches and will be looking to build some momentum starting with a win against Villarreal. They have a very good record against Villarreal and will be looking to extend their 16-match unbeaten run against the Yellow submarines.
Jasper Cillessen is the only injury absentee for the away side.
Predicted Barcelona Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Iniesta, Rakitic, Busquets; Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Villarreal Team News & Preview
Villarreal will fancy their chances of an upset here. They are in very good form at home and have won six of their last seven home games in La Liga, keeping three clean sheets in their last five at El Madrigal.
Barcelona have been quite inconsistent lately and have drawn three of their last five. Fran Escriba’s men will look at this as the ideal opportunity to pick up the three points against the Catalan giants.
The home side will be without the likes of Soldado and Cheryshev due to injury. Cedric Bakambu is away on international duty.
Predicted Villarreal Starting Lineup (4-4-2): Asenjo; Mario, Ruiz, Musacchio, Costa; Castillejo, Trigueros, Bruno, Santos; Pato, Sansone
Villarreal vs Barcelona Key Stats
Barcelona have won 9 of their last 11 away matches in La Liga.
Barcelona are undefeated in their last 16 matches against Villarreal in all competitions.
Villarreal have won 6 of their last 7 home matches in La Liga.
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches against Villarreal in all competitions.
Villarreal vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Villarreal have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches in La Liga. Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches in La Liga. Over 2.5 goals seem likely.
Villarreal have been very good at home in their last few games. Bet on the home side to win or draw.
Barcelona have an outstanding record against Villarreal. Bet on the Catalan giants to win.
Villarreal vs Barcelona Prediction
If Real Madrid win their match against Granada today, Barcelona will be six points behind them.
The away side cannot afford any more slip-ups and this is a must win for them. Villarreal have been formidable at home, but Barcelona have the quality to win here.
An away win seems likely here.
Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona