Barcelona vs. Villarreal Prediction, Tips & Odds – Oct. 20, 2022 21:00 CET

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October 19, 2022
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Barcelona vs. Villarreal Prediction

After the first defeat in the Spanish championship in the popular El Clasico against Real Madrid, Barcelona welcomes the Villarreal team this Thursday in the extraordinary 10th round of La Liga at its Camp Nou stadium.

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Barcelona Team News

Barcelona entered the new season with clear ambitions to return the Spanish champion’s trophy to its ranks. In the past period, the Catalans have shown two faces. In La Liga they were impressive until the last round and the defeat by Real, while they are not doing well in the Champions League. With 4 points won from 4 matches played, they are in no good position when it comes to placement in the next round of the competition.

Last weekend, Xavi and his team suffered their first defeat in the Spanish championship and lost the leading position to Carlo Ancelotti’s team. The best defense in the league, which had conceded only one goal in the previous eight matches. But Real scored three goals in the derby.

Already at halftime, the current European champions were leading 2-0 with goals from the phenomenal Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde. Barcelona managed to reduce the score in the 83rd minute with a goal by Ferran Torres assisted by Robert Lewandowski, but Rodrygo scored in stoppage time to make the final score Real Madrid 3 – Barcelona 1.

Villarreal Team News

On the other hand, this will be the tenth attempt of Villarreal to join the fight for one of the first six places in La Liga, which will bring new performances in Europe next season. Villarreal is currently in position number 7 in the Spanish championship with 15 points won and a performance of 4 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws.

In the Conference League, they played excellent matches. They have all 4 victories from the same number of matches played, and with 12 points won they already secured passage to the next round of the competition.

Two days ago, coach Unai Emery’s team won against Osasuna with a score of 2:0 in the last round of La Liga at home, and both goals for Villarreal were scored by Arnaut Danjuma. Villarreal goes to the next away match with a lot of optimism. Villarreal will be met by a team that has not conceded a goal in its stadium since August.

H2H

In the past 10 matches between these two teams, since 2017, Barcelona has won 8 times, Villarreal was better only in the last match when they won with a score of 0-2 as a guest. One duel ended in a draw.

Expected lineups

Barcelona (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen – Alejandro Balde – Eric Garcia – Gerard Pique – Sergi Roberto – Pedri – Sergio Busquets – Frenkie de Jong – Raphinha – Ousmane Dembele – Robert Lewandowski

Villarreal (4-4-2): Geronimo Rulli – Alfonso Pedraza – Pau Torres – Raul Albiol – Aissa Mandi – Alejandro Baena – Dani Parejo – Manuel Morlanes – Jeremy Pino – Arnaut Danjuma – Nikolas Jackson

Barcelona vs. Villarreal Prediction

Apart from the fact that we expect a quick reaction of the whole team in front of their fans after the defeat against Real, Barcelona is certainly the favorite in this match. Villarreal have tied two wins and will be looking for their chance for new points. Our combination for this match is a home win with a total number of goals in the match above 1.5.

Kick-off time: Thursday, 20.10.2022, 21:00 CET
Prediction: 1 + total goals over 1.5
Odds: 1.72
Sportsbook: 22bet

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