Barcelona vs Villarreal
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Day by day, Ernesto Valverde’s job loses credibility, and after two back-to-back Champions League bottle-jobs, the manager has a lot to answer for already. On top of that, his team has so far recorded one of the worst starts to their league campaign in recent history.
Gone are the days when Barca used to dominate opponents as if they were pitted against schoolboys. Nowadays, every opposition has a belief, that the five-time European champions could be broken with enough pressing, and especially if they are on the road.
While this Tuesday Lionel Messi and co will have the home advantage, they are being put on the spot, and a huge win is required to curb the rebellion that has been in making for quite some time.
The incoming Yellow Submarines, if smart, could take advantage of this period of uncertainty of the hosts. They have so far lost just a single tie in the competition, and along with the Blaugrana, have scored the most number of goals in the league.
Also, the team has already held Real Madrid to a draw, and if they just could knock points off the defending champions too, it would be kind of a perfect start to the 2019-20 run.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Catalonians registered the last 16 wins in a row.
- The last Barca lost against this opponent was back in 2008.
- At the Camp Nou, the hosts won the previous nine meetings in a row.
- 16 of the former 23 encounters had goals from both teams.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Prediction
With a notoriously unreliable defense these days, the Spanish champions are struggling to keep their nets clean. In fact, the team has not kept a single clean sheet in the La Liga this campaign and has embarrassingly conceded the most number of goals in the league so far.
Moreover, 16 of the previous 23 h2h fixtures had goals from both sides, and with the absence of Jordi Alba, the backline is more prone to being breached. By the looks of things, count on the hosts to fail to keep a clean sheet.
Coming to the offense though, at the Camp Nou, despite their struggles on the road, Valverde’s men have been supremely dominating. In fact, disregarding friendlies, the team has been on a winning streak at the Nou Camp since early February and has been unbeaten since last year.
In addition, the reigning champions have not lost against this opponent in the previous 11 years and even won the prior nine straight such encounters at this venue.
Finally, all of Barca’s league games at this venue this campaign saw them winning, and importantly, scoring five or more goals. Taking into account the criticisms they have subjected themselves to, due to the loss against Granada, count on the players to make a ferocious comeback this match-day. A goal-fest is rightfully in order.
Barcelona vs Villarreal Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.60 (3/5)
Barcelona to Score in Both Halves @ 1.60 (3/5).