Villareal vs Barcelona: Preview, Free tip & Prediction
Saturday's programme of the fifteenth round of the top Spanish football competition will conclude with a duel between home team Villareal and visiting Barcelona.
Background information, news and team form
Villareal has won only one game in the league from their last 6 matches, and that was at home against Getafe after a hard-fought 1-0 win, with midfielder Manu Trigueros scoring in the 10th minute. In their last league game, Villareal only managed a 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo. Overall, Villareal has won 3 times, lost 3 times and drawn 7 times in their last 13 league games. They are now in 12th position in the table with 16 points, and this is certainly not the start to the season that the fans of the Yellow Submarine imagined. Their team has been playing European Cups regularly in recent years, and fans will expect an improved performance from their charges. As for the Champions League, which Villareal is playing this year, Villareal is in the second position for now with 7 points. One point behind in third place is Italian Atalanta, with whom Villareal will play its last match, and it needs to score points in order to avoid Atalanta taking its ticket to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Barcelona will be looking to notch a second straight win for new coach Xavi at the Estadio de la Ceramica, but they will not be facing an easy opponent. In his debut match against Espanyol, Xavi managed to win 1-0 after Depay was able to head home from a penalty kick early in the second half to secure 3 points for his team. Xavi will certainly want to follow his predecessors, who have made a streak of 26 losses against Villareal in all competitions. Barcelona is now in seventh place with 2 points, 3 points behind the European Cup and 6 points behind the eventual 4th place, which guarantees a ticket to the Champions League.
Betdoin's view of the match
Visiting Barcelona enters this match as the odds-on favourite at 2.60. A draw is available at bookmakers at odds of 3.40. And if you want to bet on the home side to win, that is available at an odds of 2.72. The goal line for this match is set at over 2.5. Our clever Betodin algorithm for this match has found value mainly in the under betting. Barcelona still has a problem with the attacking phase of the game and also the subsequent finishing actions. On the other hand, the defensive side is slowly starting to pick up, so betting on the under makes sense.
Absentees and estimated line-ups
Villareal will miss their main offensive trump card Gerard Moreno due to hamstring problems. Barcelona will miss Sergi Roberto, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite. Ronald Araujo, on the other hand, could return to the bench after having to withdraw from the Benfica game.
Villareal - estimated line-up:
Rulli - Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza - Parejo, Coquelin, Capoue - Pino, Dia, Danjuma
Barcelona - probable line-up:
Ter Stegen - Mingueza, Pique, Garcia, Alba - Nico, Busquets, De Jong - Dembele, Memphis, Gavi
Free tip for Villareal vs Barcelona - under 3.5 goals (1.4)
Frequently asked questions about the match Villareal vs Barcelona:
Where to watch Villareal vs Barcelona live on TV? The match is live on SuperSport MaXimo 2, SuperSport GOtv LaLiga, SuperSport Laliga ROA, DStv Now.
What players to watch during the match? Depay, Gavi, Parejo, Torres.
Who is the favourite for the match? According to the bookmakers, Barcelona is the favourite (2,6).
How did the last match between the two teams end? Villareal 1-2 Barcelona, 25/4/2021.
What time does the match start? Kick-off at 21:00.
What stadium will the match be played in? Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal)
Where can I find the match at Betdoin? Full statistics can be found here.
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