Sunday, 8 January 2017

Villarreal - Barcelona

PICK: Barcelona AH -1,00 @1,892 PINNACLE 4/10

Match between 5th and 3rd placed team in La Liga will be played today at 20:45 on El Madrigal in Villarreal.

Villarreal started season well, but then had some ups and downs as all teams this season and they need to win against Barcelona if they wants to stay in top4. Cecdric Bakambu in on African Cup, while Soldado and Cheryshev are injured for longer period. All they're key players are somehow available (except Bakambu). They took Copa del Rey serious, named strong squad but lost on Anoeta with 3-1. 4 days later they will face Barcelona.

Barcelona disappointed with result in Copa del Rey as well, as they lost against Bilbao, but they showed passion, they should receive at least one penalty, and they created some nice chances. Besides, there is still match against Bilbao at home, and result 2-1 is not that bad result. I think that there are only two questions about the first eleven - with place of third midfielder and one central back position - Umtiti or Mascherano. I am not big fan of Enrique, who could do much more with this team in my opinion.

Villarreal is team who wants the ball, which likes to play over flanks and also trying with through balls. Against Barcelona, it will be really hard to be in possession, which means that they will have less chances as they are used to. It's pretty sure that they will have some, but I see too much difficulties for them tonight. Fact is that Barcelona is now 6 points behind rival from Madrid, and there is no space for errors anymore. The other thing is that Real Madrid is playing easily recently, winning tough and easy matches, while Barcelona is facing different problems from time to time. I think that there is no defence who can stop them if they will be on level. After everything what happened in Bilbao, I think that they will be much more motivated and wanted to prove their quality.

FT: 1-1

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