Barcelona vs Villarreal
Spanish La Liga
Date: Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona.
The first of two very interesting mid-week fixtures in La Liga is set to be played at Camp Nou where Barcelona will play host to in-form Villarreal. Blaugrana’s season without a defeat will likely face the last real test here given the newly-crowned champions have an easy away match with Levante at the weekend before hosting Real Sociedad on the final day.
The Yellow Submarine will head into the game high on confidence, looking to build on three straight wins in the competitions. The last one came on Saturday evening when Mario Gaspar bagged the match-winner just four minutes from time against Valencia. The streak helped Javi Calleja’s men go five points off Getafe and six off Sevilla in the battle for the top-six finish.
Barcelona vs Villarreal: Head-to-head
Barcelona dominated this match-up over the history, winning 22 and losing just 8 ahead of the landmark 40th encounter with Villarreal.
Blaugrana easily won each of last two head to head meetings with the Yellow Submarine netting six in the process.
Barca bagged at least three goals in each of last four home wins over Villarreal.
Barcelona vs Villarreal: Prediction
We could really be in for a thrilling evening of football at Camp Nou. Villarreal have a strong firepower on display up front, led by Carlos Bacca who notched a hat-trick in a demolishing win over Celta ten days ago at Estadio de la Ceramica. The Colombian striker should have plenty of room to create here given that Barca shipped at least two goals in all of last three league games. Bacca is 3.25 to find the back of the net here.
Nevertheless, Barca’s strikers were thriving in the final third recently. They bagged 11 goals in last three matches in all competitions, including two in Sunday’s draw in El Clasico. We have to take Barcelona to net three or more goals here knowing they’ve done so in each of last four H2H encounter with Villarreal at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Villarreal: Bet Tips
Barcelona Over 2.5 Team Goals @ 1.72
Carlos Bacca to score anytime @ 3.25.