Villarreal - Barcelona


Spain
Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -1 Barcelona
Odds: 2.1
Stake: 1
Pinnacle

Match date: 25/04/2021

In the 32nd round of 1st Spanish league at 4.15 pm CET, seventh-placed Villarreal and third-placed Barcelona will meet. Hosts have a secure position and his main focus is on the two semi-final matches of the European League against Arsenal next weeks, while Barcelona has a clear calculation that with all seven victories until the end of Primera is certainly new champion of Spain, although currently is five points behind the leading team Atletico from Madrid.


Villarreal have fallen in form in the Primera, and lost 3 of their last 4 home league matches (Betis, Atletico Madrid, Osasuna), and the main reason is the fatigue of one of the oldest teams in this league on average. It was well seen in the last round four days ago against Alaves in a 1:2 defeat, which was one of the worse recent games of the team led by coach Unai Emery.


This duel against Barcelona will be Villarreal's seventh match in just 22 days, and on Thursday they will play first match of the semi-finals of the European League against Arsenal from London. It’s a terribly difficult rhythm for the players, complains coach Unai Emery, who will make some rotations in the starting 11 today and try to rest at least a few standard first-teamers.


Emery has made it clear that his first goal is to enter in the Europa League finals because is team can't longer take a significant step up in La Liga anyway. Villarreal are without injuries left-back Pervis Estupinan, who has a muscle problem, but it remains to be seen which team Emery will send to the field in his 4-4-2 formation.


Barcelona have just a single defeat in their 21 most recent La Liga matches, against Real Madrid in El Clasico, but three days ago they beat Getafe 5:2 and returned to winning way. Lionel Messi was again in a very good mood with two goals and one assist, and it can be seen that he is enjoying in play again and that he will give his best to make Barcelona the champion, and the King's Cup has already been won with win 4:0 against Athletic Bilbao.


When playing away, team of coach Ronald Koeman have nine wins from their last 10 league duels and scored at least one goal in their last 23 league matches, including each of last 11 on the road. Barcelona also scored two or more goals in seven of last eight games in Primera.


Koeman is now without injuries Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati and Neto, and Braithwaite and Pjanić are under question for today. But none of them have played a particularly important role this season. In past matches Barcelona have been very successful against Villarreal, in the last eight they have seven wins and one draw, and the last two wins have been 4:0 and 4:1.


Villarreal will still find it difficult to match with guests today, mostly due to exhaustion and concentration on the semifinals of the Europa League, while Barcelona comes with a huge motive and confidence, certainly more relaxed than the hosts and with more quality solutions in the roster. The victory of the guests is expected scenario, and we believe that it will be with more than one goal difference.




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