Villareal will face Barcelona at Estadio de la Ceramica in the 30th Round of Spanish LaLiga. Villareal against Barcelona is always the match with big interest especially during this season and LaLiga positions. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Villareal during this season is divided into Europe competition team and LaLiga team with absolutely different success. In UEFA Europa League they play very strong since they won the group stage without loses and then passed through Sporting and Zenit Petersburg to the quarter-final. In the next match, they will face Valencia, which is showing very good football this season. On the other side, we see very weak Villareal who’s fighting for LaLiga place. They earned 29 points in 28 matches, and now are standing at 17th place with only 6 wins. Villareal has only 4 points difference with relegation zone and will try their best to maintain the place.
Although they are on the verge of the relegation zone, they have already 4 wins in a row. They need to continue to play strong, although the next opponent may not give chances. Unfortunately, several main squad players may miss the next important match. Very likely that The Yellow Submarine will play without Daniele Bonera, Ramiro Funes Mori, Miguelon, Bruno Soriano and Manu Trigueros. Last time at home Villareal failed to score in September.
Despite their bad form, hosts are strong at creating long shot opportunities and creating scoring chances. However, they are facing troubles at finishing scoring chances, defending against skillful players, defending set pieces and stopping opponents from creating chances.
It seems that Barcelona is set to triple victory this year. They continue to fight in 3 tournaments and so far they look very confident. In Champions League they won against Lyon and have been promoted to Quarter-final and will play with Manchester United. Moreover, they stand at 1st place confidently with 10 points difference with the nearest chaser Atletico Madrid. There are still 9 matches until the end of the season, however, looks like they will take LaLiga this season.
Catalonians lost only one game away this season and show great football in total playing as a guest. L. Messi and L. Suarez are two leaders by scored goals in Barcelona and in LaLiga also. Together they are involved in 65 goals only in Spain. Unfortunately, Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, and Luis Suarez will miss this match due to injuries.
Barca plays perfectly at shooting from direct free kicks, finishing scoring chances, creating long shot opportunities and coming back from losing positions. However, they look weaker at stopping opponents from creating chances, defending counter attacks and against skillful players. Very likely that Barcelona will take possession under their control and rotate their first eleven, as they need players fully fit before facing Manchester.
Catalonians won last 4 meetings against Villareal. In every match, they scored at least 2 goals and won with minimum 2 goals difference. At first meeting both teams had many chances to score, however, Villareal failed to finish their scoring chances. Guests lost last time in far year 2008 at Camp Nou.
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