Villarreal vs Barcelona – La Liga: The 5-points advantage that Barcelona has over Valencia, 2nd place in La Liga
Could have turned into only two, if the Valencians had won last week. But despite the culés having dropped points at home, most of their chasers were unable to capitalize.
That allowed Ernesto Valverde’s team to travel without much anxiety until the ground of Villarreal, on a week where Barcelona defeated, without problems, Sporting, on a Champions League match.
Villarreal also played in the Europa League midweek, 2 days after the Catalans but with their situation already solved in terms of qualification so the manager of the Yellow Submarine opted to rotate his team.
The loss against Maccabi Tel Aviv won’t mean that much, with the same thing not being said of the two losses they got on La Liga’s most recent matches, with Sevilla, at home, and on the trip to Leganés.
The immediate impact of those results were a drop on the league table and consequentially hurt their chances of accomplishing the team’s main objectives, with the Champions League being at the top of that list.
The fact that they will have to face Barcelona won’t be very helpful in tranquilizing a team that has, many times, performed much better than It was expected on paper, which is almost a trademark for the men who dress in yellow.
Villarreal vs Barcelona – Betting Tip and Prediction:
This is, therefore, a match for Barcelona to recompose themselves as leaders of the La Liga that won’t give many chances for their opponents to dream.
The draws with Valencia and Celta shouldn’t have affected the team that finished both matches well aware that they could have gotten a different result.
But maintaining the difference on the league table, this round suggests a strong Barcelona, maybe even being able to benefit of knowing their rivals’ results before starting the match.
|Barcelona to win||