Barcelona vs Villareal Prediction & Match Preview

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Barcelona vs Villareal kicks off matchday six of La Liga football. This fixture has the potential to further derail Barcelona’s season. It is quite shocking that six matches into the season, Villareal come into this game ahead of Barcelona in the standings. Truthfully, Barcelona’s season has not been as bad as pundits claim. They are a mere four points from the top and this Barcelona team is poised to make a stride up the rankings sooner rather than later. This fixture can truly be the turnaround Barcelona will be looking for. Barcelona vs Villareal takes place on Tuesday at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona vs Villareal Prediction & Match Preview

Tuesday, September 24 – 15:00 EST – Camp Nou

It is true that Barcelona haven not lived up to expectations. However, their situation is not as dire as certain experts have made it out to be. Both Madrid clubs have only one more win to their names than Barcelona and nobody has made a big deal out of their performances. Furthermore, this Barcelona team lead’s the league in goals for. This is a positive sign and they will most likely continue to find success offensively. Sure there is room for defensive improvement and although Lenglet has been preferred over Umtiti, he has not played as well as he did last season. In addition, Leo Messi has returned to the lineup fully fit and this will surely boost the squad’s morale. With Dembélé set to return as well, the only players set to miss out through injury are Umtiti, Jordi Alba and Rakitic.

Villareal are coming off two fantastic performances. After earning a draw against Real Madrid, Villareal secured clean sheets against Leganes and Real Valladolid. Sure these clubs are not great competition, however it is extremely positive that they managed not to concede a single goal in two games while scoring a total of five. Creative winger Gerard Moreno has been in fine form as of late. He will look to continue to drive this offence in the right direction. Santi Cazorla has had a storybook return to professional football. He bagged a goal during their last fixture. It is remarkable that he has returned to his old ways after such a gruesome injury.