Villarreal vs. Barcelona La Liga Betting Tips and Preview

Villarreal vs. Barcelona, La Liga

There is a midweek round of La Liga action with Spanish champions and current league leaders Barcelona travelling to relegation-threatened Villarreal on Tuesday. It is the Blaugrana who are strong favourites to continue their winning form against a side who are just a point above the relegation zone.

Where and when: Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal – 2 April, kick-off 20:30

Where you can see Villarreal vs. Barcelona: William Hill, Eleven Sports

Last time: Barcelona ran out 2-0 victors at the Camp Nou back in December this season thanks to goals from Gerard Pique and Carles Alena. Villarreal are without a win in 21 games in this fixture – the last win coming in a 2-1 triumph at the Camp Nou in March 2008.

Villarreal double chance 6/5 Offer Williamhill
Over 3.5 goals 29/20 Offer Betvictor
Lionel Messi anytime scorer 3/4 Offer 888sport

Villarreal vs. Barcelona Predictions and Preview

Villarreal blew a two-goal lead at Celta Vigo last time out in a result which could prove costly for them – they are just one place and one point above the relegation zone.

However, the Yellow Submarine had won four consecutive games in all competitions prior to that loss.

Barcelona have recovered form after winning just three La Liga games in nine attempts by winning 14 of their last 16, with a 2-0 win over Espanyol last time out.

They have kept 11 clean sheets in their last 17 matches as they have reinforced their chances of winning a fourth La Liga title in five seasons and are now 10 points clear at the top of La Liga.

Unsurprisingly, the visitors are heavy favourites for this encounter at odds of 7/10 with a Villarreal victory priced at 15/4 and the draw available at 3/1.

These fixtures tend to produce a lot of goals with 21 going in across the most recent six, so over 3.5 goals at 29/20 appears to be a solid bet with over 4.5 at 16/5.

A ‘double chance’ on Villarreal to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 6/5 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/6.

If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 8/5 while Barca to win both halves is at 7/2.

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One to watch for Villarreal: Karl Toko Ekambi is in form having netted three times in his last two games and his seven strikes in La Liga is more than any other Villarreal player this season. He is 13/5 to net here.

One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is now up to 36 goals for the campaign (including eight in his last five) as he continues his devastating goalscoring form. He is back to full fitness following a thigh injury and is at 3/4 to score here.

Long shot: Barcelona have 11 clean sheets from their last 17 while Villarreal have conceded just 39 goals in their 29 league games this season. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 18/1.

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