In the coming days, the Spain’s La Liga fixtures of the 21st matchday will take place. Here, the clash Villarreal vs. FC Barcelona will be played on Sunday at 21:00. Thus, the leader in the La Liga table will visit the sixth-placed team. The Yellow Submarine and the Blaugrana took 31 and 53 points respectively.
What speaks for Villarreal?
- Celebrated a 2-1 home victory over Real Madrid on 7 January.
What speaks for FC Barcelona?
- Won, for example, all their most recent five Primera División matches.
Our betting prediction:
- Prediction: FC Barcelona
- Odds: 1.87
Expert analysis Villarreal
For the home side in the Villarreal vs. FC Barcelona clash, the match against the leaders arrives eight days after a 1-3 away defeat to Elche. It marked the first win in Spain’s La Liga 2022/2023 for the bottom side, who previously lost 13 times and shared the points in six occasions. Villarreal failed to convert a 72% possession, but Elche squandered an additional big chance.
Moreover, Quique Setién’s squad suffered their second consecutive defeat in the championship after a 0-1 at home to fifth-placed Rayo Vallecano on 30 January. It snapped a run of five unbeaten La Liga matches for the Yellow Submarine, in which Villarreal won four times. A 1-1 at the twelfth-placed Celta de Vigo marked the exception.
Previously, the sixth-placed side came back from the break with two 2-1 home victories in the regional derby against the fourth-bottom Valencia and against the second-placed Real Madrid. Furthermore, after the draw in Galicia, they achieved a 1-0 home win against the eleventh-placed Girona.
Expert analysis FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona suffered their only defeat in Spain’s La Liga 2022/2023 so far on 16 October with a 1-3 in a Clásico at Real Madrid. Four days later, the side coached by Xavi immediately got back on the winning track with a 3-0 victory over their forthcoming opponents Villarreal. In retrospect, this constituted the first of ten victories in eleven league appearances.
Here, a 1-1 domestic draw against the 15th-placed city rivals RCD Espanyol on 31 December was the exception. Thereafter, the Blaugrana won five La Liga matches in a row. Here, FC Barcelona first celebrated three 1-0 successes at fourth-placed Atlético Madrid, at home against the penultimate-ranked Getafe and at Girona.
Then the leaders won 2-1 at the seventh-placed Betis Sevilla and on Sunday they in front of their crowd beat fifth-last-placed FC Sevilla 3-0. In between, the Blaugrana triumphed in mid-January in Saudi Arabia in the Supercopa. There they defeated Betis Sevilla on penalties and afterwards Real Madrid 3-1 in the final.
Head-to-head comparison Villarreal – FC Barcelona
The first clash Villarreal – FC Barcelona took place on 20 October and ended with a 3-0 home win for this time’s visitors. This marked the Blaugrana’s seventh victory in eight La Liga fixtures against the Yellow Submarine. Here, the exception happened in Spain’s La Liga 2021/2022. Because: Villarreal experienced against FC Barcelona a 1-3 home defeat and a 2-0 away victory.
Our betting prediction and the best odds
The home side in the Villarreal vs. FC Barcelona match lost most recently against the fifth-placed Rayo Vallecano and, moreover, against the previously winless last-placed Elche. Conversely, the leaders won ten of their last Elf La Liga matches, with the Blaugrana most recently prevailing five times in a row. Also, they triumphed in the Supercopa thanks to a final victory over Real Madrid.
Villarreal vs. FC Barcelona – betting prediction: FC Barcelona, odds 1.87
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