Villarreal vs Barcelona Predictions

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  • Estadio de la Ceramica
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Barcelona to Win

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Barcelona 1-0

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Tip Reasoning

  • Barcelona are unbeaten in five games – their longest run since April
  • Villarreal have won just one of their last four home games
  • Villarreal have not won against Barca in 26 games, dating back to March 2008

Xavi Making His Mark

Club legend Xavi has already made an impact on his return to the Camp Nou, earning a 0-0 draw against Benfica in the Champions League in midweek on the back of a debut 1-0 win over Espanyol.

Other than that clean sheet in last week’s derby, Barca have only prevented two teams from scoring against them in La Liga this season, struggling Levante and Cadiz.

It looks like Xavi has already tightened up his defence, and although goals might not be flowing, the midfield icon will look to build some solid foundations before working on his attack.

They have the capabilities to keep another clean sheet here against a Villarreal side who have scored only 15 times in 13 league matches this season, and should sneak a narrow win.

Villarreal’s Barca Hoodoo

Villarreal’s record horrendous record against Barcelona will be playing on their mind in the run up to the game. It is well over a decade since they last came out on top, including a current streak of four defeats in a row.

Their recent form in La Liga is up and down too, with a failure to get back-to-back victories all season. Most recently, they drew 1-1 with Celta Vigo, while Osasuna and Manchester United (in the Champions League) have left Estadio de la Ceramica with three points over the last six weeks.

Their matches do not tend to contain many goals, with both teams scoring only once in their last five outings, whilst Villarreal have failed to net in six games this season.

History states Barca will come out on top in this one, but I cannot imagine there will be too many goals given recent history, so I am predicting a 1-0 away win.

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