Villarreal will be looking to confirm their spot in the Europa Conference League qualifiers on Sunday when they visit Barcelona at Estadio Camp Nou. Kickoffs at 23:00 EAT.
Barcelona has already secured second position with 73 points in the table, 16 points behind Real Madrid on the top. Xavi’s side have won 21, drawn 10 and lost six of their 37 La Liga fixtures this term, and they are currently on a four-game unbeaten run, beating Mallorca, Real Betis and Celta Vigo before playing out a goalless draw with Getafe last weekend.
Blaugrana shared spoils 0-0 with Getafe in the La Liga last time out. In that game, Barcelona had 71% possession and five shots with only one of them on target. Getafe CF got nine shots with three of them on target.
On the other hand, Villarreal do have the seventh place to fight for since they are only a single point above Athletic Club who will also face a tough task with the clash against Sevilla on Sunday. We believe that Villarreal are actually motivated to fight for the place that leads to the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round next season.
Villarreal and their travelling fans will be hoping to turn things around here following 2-1 defeat at the hands of Real Sociedad. In that game, Villarreal managed 49% possession, 10 shots with four of them on target and a goal by Francis Coquelin (43′). Real Sociedad got 11 shots with six of them on target and goals by Alexander Isak (56′) and Zubimendi (73′).
Barcelona vs Villarreal head to head
Barcelona has an excellent record in the history of this fixture having won 29 times out the 47 head to head meetings since 1998. Ten matches played out draws while Villarreal has won eight times.
- Villarreal 1-3 Barcelona 27/11/21
- Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona 25/04/21
- Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal 27/09/20
- Villarreal 1-4 Barcelona 05/07/20
- Barcelona 2-1 Villarreal 24/09/19
- Getafe 0-0 Barcelona
- Barcelona 3-1 Celta Vigo
- Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona
- Barcelona 2-1 Mallorca
- Barcelona 0-1 Vallecano
- Villarreal 1-2 Real Sociedad
- Vallecano 1-5 Villarreal
- Villarreal 1-1 Sevilla
- Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool
- Alaves 2-1 Villarreal
Barcelona team news
Barcelona has a long list of absentees at the moment, with Eric Garcia, Nico Gonzalez, Sergi Roberto, Sergino Dest, Gerard Pique and Pedri all definitely out of this contest through injuries.
Villarreal team news
As for Yellow Submarines, Gerard Moreno and Alberto Moreno remain on the sidelines through injury, while Arnaut Danjuma and Yeremi Pino remain as doubts here.
Prediction and odds
This is a bigger match for Villarreal than it is for Barcelona, with the visitors looking to finish seventh while Barca will be looking to give their fans something to cheer at the end of the season.
- Villarreal Win
- Both teams to score