Villarreal vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

Referee: Ignacio Iglesias

Kick Off: 19:45 Hrs

Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica


Sun 8th Jan 2017

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Villarreal vs Barcelona Match Prediction

By Sam Turbitt

The Camp El Madrigal hosts home side Villarreal and reigning La Liga champions FC Barcelona. The game will be played at 19:45 on Sunday the 8th of January in the Spain Primera Division. This betting preview will provide you with all the key match stats, latest team news, our analyst's thoughts and our SBAT betting predictions. Villarreal were comfortable 3-1 winners away to Sporting Gijon in their last league outing, thanks to goals from Dos Santos, Sansone and Pato. The Catalan side Barcelona were on top of their game as they turned Espanyol over 4-1 at the Nou Camp. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez (2) and Jordi Alba were all on the scoresheet.

Villarreal Preview

Villarreal will be hoping their impressive home record comes into fruition against a strong Barcelona side on Sunday Evening. The Yellow Submarines were rampant in their last home game as they destroyed Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid 3-0. Dos Santos was on the scoresheet once more with Soriano and Trigueros also finding the net. That result pushes Villarreal up to 4th in the table with 29 points taken from their opening 16 games. Villarreal’s home form has been the catalyst for their league standings with 6 wins from their last 7 games at the Camp El Madrigal.  

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Barcelona Preview

Barcelona have won their last 2 games in the Primera Division against Osasuna and Espanyol. The Nou Camp was treated to a stunning performance from the Barcelona front three as they dismantled Espanyol in the second half. Lionel Messi was in inspiring form once more with mesmerising runs carving open Espanyol with seeming ease. Neymar was also a pleasure to watch, on another day he could have had a couple of goals. Barcelona will feel they need a win in this game with Real Madrid beginning to create a gap at the top of the table. Barca are 3 points behind Madrid having played a game more than their rivals. Madrid also have a slightly better goal difference than Barcelona so Enrique will be fielding the strongest team available to him.

Barcelona to win 1/2

Villarreal Team News

Bruno Soriano (ankle injury), Victor Ruiz Torre (bruised ankle), Cedric Bakambu (unknown) and Denis Cheryshev (leg injury) are all doubts for the visit of Barcelona. Forward Roberto Soldado is a long term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury.

Barcelona Team News

Defender Jeremy Mathieu (calf injury) will be unavailable for the trip at the weekend, however the frenchman has returned to first team training. Midfielder Carles Alena (thigh injury) and goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen (calf) will miss the trip to Villarreal.

Betting Predictions

A game that should offer plenty of entertainment for both fans and the neutrals. Villarreal for sure will be no pushovers with their impressive home stats, however Barcelona have arguably the best forward line in the world in Neymar, Suarez and Messi. The game should offer us a few goals but I think the quality of Barcelona will see them take all three points. There is added motivation for Barcelona who will not want to concede anymore points in the title race.


Barcelona win 1/2

Both teams to score 3/4

Luis Suarez to score anytime

Barcelona to win and both teams to score 2/1

Villarreal 1 Barcelona 3 (10/1)

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Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Sergio Asenjo 189 87
2 LB Mario Gaspar 182 74
5 CD Mateo Pablo Musacchio 180 73
6 CD Victor Ruiz 184 78
11 RB Jaume Costa 172 62
21 CM Bruno Soriano 184 73
20 RM Roberto Soriano 181 76
8 LM Jonathan dos Santos 172 68
14 CM Manuel Trigueros 178 70
10 CF Alexandre Pato 179 72
18 CF Nicola Sansone 175 68
No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 187 85
20 LB Sergi Roberto 178 70
19 RB Lucas Digne 178 74
14 CD Javier Mascherano 174 74
3 CD Gerard Pique 193 85
5 CM Sergio Busquets 189 76
8 CM Andres Iniesta 171 68
21 CM Andre Gomes 188 84
10 LF Lionel Messi 170 72
9 CF Luis Suarez 182 85
11 RF Neymar 174 68