LaLiga | Villarreal vs Barcelona: 5 Talking Points Before Kick Off

Ronaldinho’s incredible bicycle kick goal vs Villarreal

On 25 November 2006, Ronaldinho scored one of the best goals in his career as FC Barcelona beat Villarreal 4-0.


Villarreal vs Barcelona: Line-ups

Villareal

Barcelona

Barcelona Have a Slight Edge

#1

Barcelona will be looking to make it back-to-back La Liga wins under new head coach Xavi when they travel to Estadio de la Ceramica on Saturday to take on Villarreal. The Catalan giants are currently seventh in La Liga, 10 points off leaders Real Madrid, while Villarreal occupy 12th, four points behind their opponents this weekend.

#2

Villarreal have won three, drawn seven and lost three of their 13 league matches this season to collect 16 points and sit down in 12th position in the table, which is certainly disappointing considering the strength of their squad. The Yellow Submarine have actually only won one of their last six in the league, which came at home to Getafe on November 7, while they shared the points in a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo last weekend.

#3

Unai Emery’s side will also enter this match off the back of a disappointing result in the Champions League, losing 2-0 at home to Manchester United on Tuesday, meaning that they need to pick up a positive result against Atalanta BC in their final group match to advance to the round of 16.

#4

There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a tough season to date for Barcelona, who sit seventh in the table, 10 points behind division leaders Real Madrid. The Catalan side are only six points off fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, though, and the club are planning to be active during the January transfer window despite their financial problems.

#5

Blaugrana, who are unbeaten against Villarreal in their last 26 matches in all competitions, will be looking to boost confidence in the camp with back-to-back league successes over Villarreal and Real Betis ahead of the trip to Allianz Arena to face the German champions.

DPP Verdict

Villarreal will be desperate to bounce back from the disappointment of the Man United result, and the Yellow Submarine have proved difficult to beat in La Liga this season. That said, Barcelona’s record against Villarreal is so impressive, and we have a feeling that the Catalan outfit will shade a close contest.