After two disappointing results in a row, Barcelona will be eager to return to winning ways Wednesday against Villarreal. Take advantage of the best betting odds and La Liga props by using our sportsbook.
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Xavi Under Pressure
Barcelona must have been expecting much more after signing Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin in the summer. They’re a fantastic team, but nonetheless are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League.
They failed to beat Inter last week, and are in need of a miracle to advance further in the competition. Barcelona lost, 3-1, to Real Madrid in the El Clasico, now trailing the leaders by three points. Their lack of maturity as a team was exposed by Los Blancos’ unity and experience. and it’s clear Xavi needs a bit more time in order to create a monster.
Games are continuing thick and fast with the Catalan giants. They host Villarreal and Bilbao this week before welcoming Bayern Munich to Camp Nou in the Champions League. They are clearly improving with every match, and they look more organized as well. However, the defensive errors and lack of a clinical final pass are things that are not ignored.
Christensen, Bellerin, Ronald Araujo and Memphis Depay are sidelined with injuries now, while Ferran Torres is aiming to start after finding the back of the net in that aforementioned 3-1 loss to Real Madrid. We can’t underestimate Barcelona’s firepower as well as their world-class squad, however. We will continue to include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Villarreal finally returned to winning ways, beating Osasuna, 2-0, on home soil this past Monday. We were spot on with our official pick, as we went for the unders at even money. They are now sitting seventh in the standings (15 points) and with the best defense in the league. They’ve conceded just three in nine games.
Villarreal lost at Real Sociedad last week, but two goals from Nigeria-born Netherlands international Arnaut Danjuma helped the Yellow Submarines to their fourth win of their domestic season. Their best player, Gerard Moreno is out for this clash. They will also be without Juan Foyth and Francis Coquelin while Raul Albiol, Kiko and Giovani Lo Celso are doubtful.
Villarreal failed to find the back of the net in their last four away games, and don’t expect that to change against Barcelona. It’s not the best time to visit the Catalan giants, because they’ll enter this clash quite peeved after losing to Real Madrid. If you’re betting online, then fade Villarreal.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Head-to-Head
Villarreal managed to beat Barcelona, 2-0, in their previous mutual encounter, but they have a poor record against the Catalan giants, having lost five of their last six head-to-heads. At least three goals in six of the last seven fixtures between the two sides, with both teams contributing to the scoresheet on five occasions. Barcelona have the second-best offense in the league (21 goals in nine games), while Villarreal have the best defense (three goals allowed this season).
Barcelona vs Villarreal Match Information
- Game: Barcelona (7-1-1) vs Villarreal (4-3-2)
- Location: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
- Day/Time: Thursday, Oct. 20th, 3 p.m. ET
- Barcelona vs Villarreal Live Stream: fubo.tv
Barcelona vs Villarreal Betting Lines
Barcelona vs Villarreal Prediction
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -200 on the three-way moneyline, according to the latest soccer odds. Goal line is set at three.
Villarreal’s manager, Unai Emery, is one of the best tacticians in Europe. Expect him to have a defensive approach, trying to strike on the break to take advantage of Barcelona’s struggles defensively. Barcelona must rebound after nearly being bounced out of the Champions League, then losing the El Clasico. Expect a closer match than the odds suggest, a low-scoring affair.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.