Barcelona v Villarreal Betting Tips and Prediction for this encounter in LaLiga’s 36th play week. The match will kick off at 17.30 BST and will be played in a packed Nou Camp in Barcelona. Find below our Barcelona v Villarreal betting tips, predictions and match preview.
Barcelona v Villarreal Preview & Team News
Barca this afternoon will play its penultimate match in front of their home crowd at Nou Camp. Barca is eliminated from every cup, and currently only playing to win LaLiga. The situation in the race for the title is still the same as last week. The Blaugranes must win all their matches, and hope for Real Madrid to spill points versus Granada.
For the Blaugranes it will not be as easy as one might think. Villarreal is a real decent team, in the middle of a great streak. Also take into consideration the first leg earlier this season need a very late equalizer from Lionel Messi himself to secure a point. On top, Villarreal leans on the second best defense of LaLiga. All in all no push over and a fully focused Barcelona is required.
Luis Enrique has three more matches ahead of him as Barcelona coach. He will follow the footsteps of previous Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, and take a sabbatical. Obviously a year without any major trophy is unacceptable for a club like Barcelona and will also partly determine how Enrique as a coach will be remembered.
This afternoon Luis Enrique has to deal with the injuries of J. Mathieu, Aleix Vidal and Rafinha.
Similar to Barcelona, Villarreal still has a lot to play for. Currently in 5th spot in the standing, the away team is in the middle of a battle for Europa League football. With just one lost match in their last 6 outings, Villarreal has hit top form at exactly the right time. In a perfect world, but it will need the help of Sevilla, Villarreal can even claim a 4th spot. This would mean participation in next year’s Champions League qualification. One thing that’s absolutely worth mentioning is Villarreal’s defensive strength. Behind Atlético Madrid, surprise surprise, Villarreal has the best defense of LaLiga with only 28 goals conceded.
Enough at stake for Villarreal, and maybe if they can keep their defense as tight as they have done all season long, they might even get something from this game.
Fran Escribá has the following injured players: Bruno, D. Cheryshev, Víctor Ruíz and Sergio Asenjo.
Barcelona v Villarreal Match Info
Teams: Barcelona v Villarreal
Competition: LaLiga 2016/2017
Date: Saturday, 6th May 2017
Kick off time: 17:30 BST / 18:30 CET
Stadium: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Referee: Ignacio Iglesias (Spain)
Barcelona v Villarreal Line Up Prediction
Barcelona: ter Stegen; Piqué, Jordi Alba, Umtiti, Rakitić, Busquets; Sergi Roberto, André Gomes, Messi; Suárez, Neymar.
Villarreal: Andrés Fernández; Bonera, Mario Gaspar, José Ángel, Álvaro González; Bruno, Soriano, dos Santos; Rodri Hernández, Soldado, Bakambu.
Barcelona v Villarreal Betting Prediction
Let’s start with having a look at Villarreal, and in particular their goal scoring. In their last 7 matches El Submarino Amarillo managed to find the net at least once. Also: in their previous meeting this season Villarreal (1-1) scored a goal. So I’m convinced the away team is more than capable of scoring. Barcelona always scores, and often 3 or more. The Blaugranes also happily concede goals. Even the worst team in LaLiga, Osasuna, managed to beat the Barcelona defense.
My best betting tip or prediction for Barcelona v Villarreal is a Over 2,5 match goals and Both Teams to Score.
Free Betting Tips
Barcelona -3 Asian is 15/8 at Bet365.
Goals Over/Under Prediction
Over 2,5 match goals and Both Teams to Score: Yes 5/6 at Bet365.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Both Teams to Score: Yes at 3/4 with Bet365.
Suarez to score first is 10/3 with Bet365.
Long Shot Betting Tip
Piqué to score anytime at 6/1 with Bet365.