Barcelona vs Villarreal: Predictions, tips & betting odds
Barcelona welcome Villarreal to the Camp Nou on Thursday evening in La Liga with Xavi Hernandez's men aiming to bounce back from a disappointing last week.
The Blaugrana's almost certain elimination from the Champions League was followed by a defeat by Real Madrid in El Clasico meaning the pressure is on Barca to perform.
Villarreal meanwhile have underperformed so far in La Liga although they did record a 2-0 win in their last away game against Barcelona in May.
Barcelona vs Villarreal latest odds
Despite their disappointing results over the last seven days, the hosts remain clear favourites with bet365 offering them at 9/20 (1.45).
The visitors for their part can be backed at 11/2 (6.50) with the draw offered at 7/2 (4.50).
Barcelona vs Villarreal first goal scorer odds
Robert Lewandowski looks set to lead the line for the Catalans once more and the Polish striker is available at 13/5 (3.60) to score first, something he has managed in four La Liga games this season.
Ansu Fati is likely to come into the starting eleven and is priced at 11/2 (6.50) with Ferran Torres on offer at 7/1 (8.00).
The shortest priced player for the Yellow Submarine is Arnaut Danjuma at 15/2 (8.50).
Barcelona vs Villarreal preview
This is a meeting of the two best defences in La Liga with Unai Emery's men conceding just three times, and Barcelona letting in four goals so far this term.
Nevertheless, there should be some interest in opposing a low-scoring game given the fire power on both sides.
There are also selection issues at the back for both managers to contend with and neither side will be fielding their first-choice backline.
Villarreal have been poor on the road in recent weeks but with Danjuma back from injury and hitting form they should be backed to get on the score sheet in Catalonia on Thursday.
Barcelona vs Villarreal tips and predictions
Both teams to score is offered at 7/10 (1.70) while combining this with over 2.5 goals gives increased odds of evens (2.00).
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