After losing their opening match of the 2023/24 La Liga campaign at home to Betis, Villarreal bounced back on matchday 2 with a slender 1-0 win away at promoted side Mallorca. The Yellow Submarine were in total control in the match but had to wait until the 2nd half to break the deadlock, with Gerard Moreno on hand to poke home a bouncing ball from inside the six-yard box. after Mallorca’s keeper Predrag Rajković had initially pulled off yet another brilliant stop. Quique Setién will look to build from this performance but they will need to bring their A-game when the champions come to town
Champions Barcelona were minutes away from beginning the top-flight campaign with back-to-back goalless draws but late goals from teenage prodigy Pedri and forward Ferran Torres saved them blushes as they came up 2-0 winners over Cadiz at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. The Catalan giants had failed to score in the season opener against Getafe and there was growing disquiet among the fanbase as this game dragged into the final minutes without a goal. Xavi was relieved to see his side step up when it mattered and he will be pushing them to continue with the same ferocity as they travel to Villarreal.
Looking at our Villarreal v Barcelona predictions, we are convinced this will be a tough and close game and we do not expect a goalrush here. Both teams have sound defensive principles and as such we expect an odd goal or two, if any, to settle the match.
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Main tip: Over 3.5 Goals
Our Villarreal vs Barcelona predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Under 3.5 Goals
Remember Barcelona going on 11 consecutive 1-0 wins and finishing the last season with just 4 goals scored at home? Well, they are still the same beasts defensively after opening the season with two clean sheets. Villarreal hasn’t been as good defensively but in their recent H2H matchups with Barca, they have tried to match that defensive intensity. Only one of their last 5 encounters has witnessed 4 goals. With this in mind and given the need to keep the ship steady to start the season, we are backing that trend to hold here. We are therefore predicting that this game will have no more than 3 goals scored with the top odds for this available at 1xBet
Odds for this bet
1xBet offers competitive odds for the bet “Under 3.5 Goals”
The odd of 1.49 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 67% chance that there will be no more than 3 total goals scored in this match.
Odds comparison for Under 3.5 Goals
1xBet – odds 1.49
Betboro – odds 1.44
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Prediction 2: Barcelona Over 4.5 Corners
Barcelona’s style of play has remained pretty much the same over the years. They dominate possession and launch one attack after another. This often sees them pile up corners against their opponents. They have already had 14 corners in just the two opening matches of the season. With Villarreal likely to sit back and absorb the waves of Barcelona’s raids, we are likely to have the same script playing out here. 6 of their last 8 H2H have had Barca bagging at least 5 corner kicks. We fancy the Catalan giants to dominate possession here are going for Barcelona to have at least 5 corners with very attractive prices for this option offered at Melbet.
Odds for this bet
Melbet offers competitive odds for “Barcelona Over 4.5 Corners”
The odd of 1.66 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 60% chance that Barcelona will take at least 5 corners in this match
Odds comparisons for Barcelona Over 4.5 Corners
Melbet – odds 1.66
Betway – odds 1.63
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Prediction 3: Over 4.5 Bookings
There is no love lost between these two sides. They always throw everything including the kitchen sink at each other whenever they lock horns. 4 of Barcelona’s last 5 visits at this venue have witnessed at least 5 bookings with the last one having no less than 8 yellow cards! Given the fact that both teams haven’t had the best of starts, we expect them to have a go at each other yet again here and for out final Villarreal vs Barcelona prediction here, we are backing at least 5 bookings to be dished out in this game
Statistics for Villarreal vs Barcelona Prediction
This will be the first meeting between these two sides
Latest results Villarreal
3 wins and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
15 goals in their last 5 matches. Average 3.00 goals per match
Lost 1-0 to Cherno More in their league opener last time out
Latest results Barcelona
2 wins, a draw and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
13 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.60 goals per match
Drew 2-2 at Excelsior in their last match
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Possible squad Villarreal & Barcelona
Line upVillarrealBarcelonaGoalkeeperJoergensenter StegenDefenseFoyth, Mandi, Cuenca, MorenoAraujo, Kounde, Christensen, BaldeMidfieldTerrats, Parejo, ComesanaRomeu, De Jong, Gundogan, PedriForwardMoreno, Soerloth, BaenaLewandowski, FatiInjuredCoquelin (ACL injury)NoneCoachQuique SetiénXavi Hernandez
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