Villarreal will be hosting an easy going Barcelona side in their La Liga clash on Sunday. The Yellow Submarines are coming on the back of two consecutive league defeats and on current form the Blaugrana seems to blow away anyone who come in their way with arrogance.
The yellow Sub-Marine sits 4th on the Log gathering 53 points in 29 league games. While Barcelona remain 38 games unbeaten in all competition and sits top of the log with 75 points in 29 games.
Villarreal have failed to win in their last three League games. In addition, the Yellow Sub Marine managed 14 points in their last 10 league games. The Side also comfortably move to the next phase of the Uefa Europa league after producing 2-0 aggregate victory over Bayern Leverkusen.
Barcelona on the other hand have failed to loss a game in their last 38 meeting. The Spanish giant sits top of the league with 75 points 22 points clear of their Sunday host having bagged 21 straight league victory plus a 6-0 demolition of Getafe last weekend.
Villareal: Team News
Jonathan dos Santos and Samuel are still out injured for the yellow submarines. Defenders Mateo Musacchio and Jaume Costa are major doubts and Eric Bailly and Daniele Bonera could start in defence.
Roberto Soldado returns after serving his suspension and could lead the forward line alongside Adrian.
Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2): Areola – Antonio, Ruiz, Bailly, Bonera – Bruno, Pina, Suarez, Rukavina – Soldado, Adrian.
Barcelona: Team News:
Sandro Ramírez remains the only player out injured for Barcelona. Rafinha has returned to training he is still few weeks away from regaining full match fitness and can be ruled out for this match.
Javier Mascherano returns to the starting lineup after serving his suspension and could partner Pique at the center defense.
Changes are expected in midfield as Luis Enrique look to rotate his squad to keep his players fit after the Champions League win over Arsenal in the midweek
Predicted Line-Up: Bravo- Alves, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Sergio, Rakitic, Arda Turan – Messi, Suarez, Neymar
Villarreal Vs Barcelona: Head-To-Head-Stats
Villarreal have failed to defeat Barcelona in their last 16 meeting.With the league leaders conquering the Yellow Sub Marine in seven consecutive meeting in all competitions.
Villarreal last victory over the Barcelona side came in 2006/2007 season, with the yellow Sub marine defeating the then Pep Guardiola tutored Barcelona with 2 unreplied goals from the booth of Marquitos and Robert Pires.
Villarreal Vs Barcelona: Prediction
All statistics points in Barcelona’s way, as their current form sends so much fear down any teams spine. I will be pitching my tent in favour of Messi-Suarez-Neymar partnership and expect a minimum of 2 goals coming from this encounter.