Villarreal – Barcelona
Villarreal hosts Barcelona in a match from the 15th round of the Spanish La Liga.
Villarreal are currently 6th in the La Liga standings, moving well since the start of the new season. The Yellow Submarine have 21 points won so far and a record of six wins, three draws and five losses. But at the moment Villarreal are in a run of two consecutive losses, suffered against Sevilla and Leganes. Can they bounce back on their feet against a powerhouse like Barca? Well, we shall wait and see.
Barcelona are the current leader in the Spanish La Liga. The Catalans have 36 points and 2 points advantage in front of Valencia, but also a game less than Los Che. Ernesto Valverde’s team is still unbeaten in the league, but Barca are currently in a run of two consecutive matches without a win. They made draws against Valencia and Celta in their last two games.
A win against Villarreal would mean that Barcelona will recover their advantage of 5 points in front of Valencia and 8 points in front of Real Madrid. You can be sure that this is the only goal in front of Los Cules for this game. And nothing less than that.
What are the team news before the match telling us?
Villarreal can’t use the injured Denis Cheryshev, Leonardo Suarez and Andres Fernandez, while Pablo Fornals and Nicola Sansone are doubtful for the game.
Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde can’t use the injured Ousmane Dembele, Javier Mascherano and Samuel Umtiti. In the hours before the game we understood that the captain Andres Iniesta is also missing the game at the El Madrigal.
Barcelona are favourites against Villarreal, but it won’t be easy for them to get the win in this game. Villarreal are a tough opponent, especially at home.