Spain LaLiga Betting Pick: Barcelona vs Villarreal

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Barcelona are desperate to bounce back from a horrific showing in a loss to Granada as they welcome Villarreal tonight, and here you can have a look at our Spain LaLiga Betting Pick for this clash. Blaugrana is not even in top six at the moment as they already suffered two defeats in the opening five rounds, and three points here are imperative. Villarreal, on the other hand, are on a three-game unbeaten streak, and they recorded a couple of victories without conceding in that span. Barcelona are massive favourites in this match, but the Yellow Submarine surely has a quality to surprise.

Barcelona vs Villarreal Spain LaLiga Betting Pick

  • Spain LaLiga
  • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Saturday 24 September
  • 21:00 CET

Barcelona Team News and Latest Form

Barcelona take to the field, after nine straight LaLiga wins at Camp Nou, with the last two each seeing Barca score 3+ times in the second half and producing over 6.5 total goals. Also impressive is the fact that they have netted the decisive goal of their last three league wins prior to the hour mark.

Speaking of special periods, over half (five) of Barcelona’s last nine LL home victories have seen their final goal arrive beyond the 80th minute. In that case, it is not surprising to see that they last dropped any points at all after scoring first in a home league fixture way back in September 2018.

Frenkie De Jong netted his first goal for Barcelona in his last home outing, doing so inside the opening ten minutes. Barcelona have conceded precisely once in each half in both of their previous two LaLiga home games.

Ernesto Valverde will be without Samuel Umtiti (foot) and Jordi Alba (thigh) while Messi, Suarez, and Griezmann are expected to start.

Villarreal Team News and Latest Form

Villarreal visit on the back of eight straight league defeats at this venue. Their last three league visits here have also seen them lose both halves, while three of their last four LaLiga trips to Camp Nou have seen one half end with exactly three goals separating them from Barcelona.

A strong start can help though, as evidenced by the fact that nearly half (three) of Villarreal’s last seven LL away wins have seen them lead after 30 minutes of play. Gerard Moreno has averaged 1.5 goals across Villarreal’s last two LaLiga away wins. He scored in the first or final 15 minutes of play in each of Villarreal’s previous five LL road trips.

In a sequence going back to 2002/03, Villarreal have led at half-time in just one of their last 16 league visits to Camp Nou. Villarreal’s record in away league matches entered as an outsider since the start of 2018/19 stands at W3, D3, L8.

Javier Calleja cannot count on Alberto Moreno (calf) while Bruno is listed as questionable due to a knee injury.

Barcelona vs Villarreal Head to Head

Barcelona won seven of the previous ten H2H encounters (D3), including four of the last five while Blaugrana was victorious in nine consecutive meetings at Camp Nou. Villarreal are without a victory over Barca since 2008, and the most recent clash ended 4-4 in Villarreal, probably the most thrilling game of the last season’s LaLiga.

Barcelona vs Villarreal Spain LaLiga Betting Pick

Villarreal are often on a scoresheet when they travel to Camp Nou, even though they usually lose to Barcelona here. In six of the last nine Barca’s win over the Yellow Submarine at home, the visitors managed to find the back of the net. Backing the hosts to win at 1.30 (-333) is something I would never suggest. That’s why my Spain LaLiga Betting Pick for this match is Barcelona to win and both teams to score at 2.20 (+120). Barcelona kept the clean sheet only once this season, and Villarreal have what it takes to score in this one. If you are looking for more predictions, you can check out our other betting picks here

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