Barcelona vs Villarreal Soccer Predictions and Betting : The 90th season of La Liga which is Spain’s biggest football league was started two weeks back on 12th September. It will go on till May 2021.
With Corona pandemic taking over the planet, the 2019 season was restarted which meant that the teams had little summer break between the seasons.
The first football match of the season was between Eibar and Celta Vigo that ended without a goal scored. The defending champions Real Madrid started in the second week which ended in a goalless draw.
Last year runners-up Barcelona were given sufficient rest and are set to start their campaign against Villarreal on Sunday in Camp Nou. Their opponents have already played two matches with a 1-1 draw against Huesca and a win against on Eibar last Saturday.
Villarreal would like to replicate their last year’s performance to remain in the top 5. Barcelona would want to avoid going trophy less for another year in La Liga game.
Barcelona vs Villarreal predictions and betting : Recent Form
It is an unbelievable fact that a giant like Barcelona weren’t able to snatch a trophy last season. They had a reasonable season in Spain finishing 2nd in La Liga with 25 wins but fell to Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals of Copa Del Rey and lost to Atletico Madrid in the semis of the Supercopa de Espana.
In the UEFA Champions league, they started off well topping the group stages and made it to the quarters after victory against Napoli. But they faced one of the most humiliating defeats in the history of the club after getting thrashed 2-8 by Bayern Munich who eventually won UCL.
It is important for the team to stage a comeback by regrouping themselves. In the last five games, barring that defeat against Bayern, they have won four games.
Villarreal on the other hand had a decent outing in the 7th consecutive season in the top tier of the Spanish football. They finished the season with 18 victories with 60 points and a respectable 5th spot.
In Copa Del Rey, they made it to the last eight before bowing down to Mirandes in a 2-4 final score-line.
In the last five clashes, the team has scored victories against Eibar and Real Sociedad while losing to Valencia and Levante in a close contest. Overall, the team is looking to better their 2019 performance or at least replicate it.
Barcelona vs Villarreal predictions and betting analysis: Head-to-head
Even though this looks like a formality for Barcelona, Villarreal can spring surprise with a formidable performance on Sunday.
The teams have met 42 times with Barcelona dominating the matchups with 25 wins whereas Villarreal have managed just 7 triumphs and 10 matches ending in a stalemate.
In the recent games, Barcelona are on a five-match unbeaten streak and it has been a while since Villarreal has got the better of the giants. The teams have scored an average of 3.26 goals per match in direct contests.
Barcelona vs Villarreal La Liga prediction and betting analysis: Offensive and Defensive stats
The Barcelona are expected to start with an effective 4-3-3 formation for this game whereas Villarreal would want to rely on guarding the backlines by fielding a 4-4-2 combination.
Both the teams have dominated the recent games in terms of shots on target, possession and would like continue that in the coming games.
Even though the Barcelona is going to miss the services of Luis Suarez, the attack still has Fati and Griezmann to support an all-time great like Lionel Messi.
Messi was the highest scorer for the team last year and has netted on 9 occasions in the last 10 appearances. We often associate the star to his dribbling skill and can topple even the best defense. He will have to carry the squad like he has done on numerous occasions in the past.
Antoine Griezmann will have to assume more responsibility for this season who has 8 goals and an assist in nine games. He also gives 2.5 shots and 3 key passes per game.
The 17-year old Ansu Fati will have to improve with legends around him but has all the potential it takes.
For Villarreal, Gerard Moreno has been the one leading from the front with 4 goals and an assist in the last four outings. He enjoys a 74.7% pass success, 4 shots per target and 2.7 dribbles per game.
Paco Alcacer has been a tad out of form and will have to improve if the team has to find success. He has 58% pass success, 2 shots per target and has scored 2 goals in last five games.
Looking at the defense, Barcelona were often let down even when they had the likes of Pique, Alba, Roberto and Lenglet in the eleven.
Gerrard Pique will have to tackle better and improve the way he passes. Jordi Alba is exceptional in aerial duels, ball interception and counter attacks extremely well. He has a pass success of 86.4%, 0.4 shots per match and 0.5 aerials won per match.
Sergi Roberto should play a crucial role in guarding the backlines. He enjoys 90.1% success and is exceptional in the air with 0.8 aerials won per game.
The Villarreal has often struggled to keep a clean sheet and are forced to tighten their defense. Pau Torres is a potential talent who has been exceptional with passes at 92% success and has a tackle, 1.5 clears, 0.3 blocks per game.
Raul Albiol brings the experience in the center back that is required. He has 89.3% pass success, 2.5 aerials won and 3 clears per match in the recent outings. They will have to be coordinated and helped by the players at the extreme who are Mario and Alfonso.
Barcelona vs Villarreal La Liga prediction and betting analysis:
The prediction platforms and the betting sites are of the opinion that it’s Barcelona’s game to lose. All the platforms are pretty sure that the home team will win their season opener with the visitors trying to pull off an upset.